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ABSOLUTELY LOVES

Absolutely’s top picks this month

WHAT'S ON

Diary dates for August

20 CARNIVAL!

A look at the past 50 years

ST YLE 30 FASHION NOTES A taste of the new season

37 MOODBOARD

Designer Alex Darche on why she loves Garbo, Chatterton and Helmut Lang

38 COAST TO COAST

Find your summer wardrobe in this month’s sumptuous fashion shoot

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All the new products, treatments and trends to swoon over

56 PROFILE: RUBY HAMMER

The Maida Vale-based make-up artist on her MBE, Jerry Hall and launching her brand

INTERIORS 60 JONATHAN ADLER

We meet America's favourtie interior designer as he launches in Westbourne Grove

66 HOME SPOTLIGHT

At home in west London with design blogger Karine Candice Kong

70 THEMES & VARIATIONS

Celebrating 30 years of contemporary and vintage design in Westbourne Grove

K I D S & E D U C AT I O N 75 KIDS NOTES Summer reading, summer fashion and Stella McCartney's Maleficent costumes

77 FASHION FACTORY C o v e r i m a g e s q u i z h a m i lt o n

W11's youngest fashionistas model their own designs on the catwalk

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FOOD&DRINK 85 POLPO

Notting Hill Gate's hottest new restaurant is inspired by a Venetian bacaro

88 RECIPE WHEEL

She's come a long way from Books for Cooks: Rosie Ramsden's first cookbook

T R AV E L 98 ON LOCATION IN VENICE The film festival and more

PROPERTY 124 PROPERTY NEWS News and views on the area

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NOTTING HILL / KENSINGTON EDITOR PENDLE HARTE EDITORIAL ASSISTANT CATHERINE HALES EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS LINDSAY BAKER, PEARL BOYD, EMMA HARPIN CONTRIBUTING BEAUTY EDITOR ARABELLA PRESTON SENIOR ADVERTISING ACCOUNT MANAGER ROCHELLE STREATER ADVERTISING ACCOUNT MANAGER HUGO HUNTER PROPERTY DIRECTOR ANNA HUTTON-POTTS CENTRAL PROPERTY MANAGER LEAH DAY PROPERTY EDITOR LUCIE PEARCE ART DIRECTOR RAY SEARLE SENIOR DESIGNER PAWEL KUBA PRODUCTION MANAGER STEWART HYDE MID WEIGHT DESIGNER TAHIR KAPUCU PROPERTY EDITORIAL DESIGNER ANDREW MAVIN DESIGNER EKREM YILMAZ JUNIOR DESIGNER REBECCA NOONAN COPY CONTROLLER CHRISTINE MANN FINANCE DIRECTOR ALEXANDRA HVID DIRECTORS GREG HUGHES, ALEXANDRA HUNTER MANAGING DIRECTOR SHERIF SHALTOUT PA TO DIRECTORS MARIANNE MCFADDEN For editorial enquiries please email: pendle@zest-media.com For advertising enquiries please call 020 7704 0588 or email: advertising@zest-media.com Subscriptions are available simply by emailing marianne@zest-media.com You can receive an online subscription for FREE or a postal subscriptions for 12 months, £30 respectively (to cover postage and packaging). Please email us with your preferred option and details.

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EDITOR’S letter

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ugust is my favourite month in London. Not for me the swift exodus; I enjoy the emptier streets, the lack of traffic, the sunny days and the empty tables in restautants. Not that Absolutely goes particularly quiet this month; in fact, we've got lots of things to shout about, including our fabulous new look, which we hope you'll love as much as we do. In this issue we're thrilled to be meeting Jonathan Adler, the arbiter of American taste, whose new Westbourne Grove emporium showcases his wit and effortless sense of style as well as his unstoppable talents. Who else can design everything from sofas to vases, via handbags and textiles? This one-man operation may have become a global giant, but Adler still made time to talk to us. Will he actually be moving to Notting Hill though? Read all about him on page 60. Also this month we talk to make-up

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artist extraordinaire Ruby Hammer, who lives in Maida Vale, and fashion designer Alex Darche. We celebrate 30 years of Liliane Fawcett's Themes and Variations, the internationally recognised design authority that started in a former Westbourne Grove garage, and we admire the beautiful house inhabited by boutique owner and design blogger Karine Candice Kong. We eat out at Polpo and dine in on recipes from ex-Books for Cooks chef Rosie Ramsden's new book. And finally, of course, August wouldn't be August without celebrating Carnival. So, love it or hate it, here's a look back at the world's street biggest street party over the years. We hope you enjoy the issue.

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CARNIVAL GAMES Alexandra Llewellyn's beautiful hand-crafted backgammon boards come in a variety of themes, but for August it has to be the Carnival one. £3,400; alexandralldesign.com

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Tom Dixon's Fire candle Cypriol oil, musk and amber to construct the scent of smoky scorched timber and hot dry tarmac. Large candle £150; tomdixon.net

PEARLS, GIRLS

Gilda and Pearl's signature silk print features the Gilda and Pearl girls in robes and babydolls, all inspired by Hollywood glamour and designed and made in the UK. Set £178; gildapearl.co.uk

HIGH ON LIFE

Sophia Webster's Rosa vinyl and leather sandals are just amazing. That's all. £210 net-a-porter.com

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New York designers Roll and Hill have arrived at SCP in Westbourne Grove and this Modo chandelier may take 16 weeks to order but it's so worth it . £4,230 scp.co.uk

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Published by Assouline, Oscar de la Renta: The Style, Inspiration and Life of Oscar de la Renta is a tribute to one of fashion's best designers, and is crammed full of gorgeous photos and famous faces. £80; assouline.com

STELLA’S STYLE

Stella McCartney's new autumn collection is all muted colours and asymmetric shapes, with stiff volume in the skirts and bold graphic prints. Are you ready? stellamccartney.com

HATS OFF

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All your summer headgear requirements can be met in one go with the fantastic Hat Club, which lets you borrow any of its pieces for a single occasion. Each hat has its own complicated diary so don't delay – we love the Rachel Black pieces best. thehatclub.co.uk

GO FIGURE

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Lladro Atelier's The Guest is a family of porcelain figures by invited designers and the latest one comes from Paul Smith. We love him. £1,800; paulsmith.co.uk

LONG LENS

New eyewear boutique Bailey Nelson is taking London by storm with its fantastic prescription specs at low flat costs. We are placing our sunglass orders now. baileynelson.co.uk

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APART GOES EAST Apart Gallery launched on Portobello Road in 1999 and has been a peripatetic pop-up since 2006. So even though its summer exhibition takes place in Shoreditch, it's still a west London institution and defintely worth crossing town for. Pictured is 15 Minutes by James Holdsworth, To 25 August; 125 Commercial Street E1

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ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND 1 9 Ju l y ~2 Au gu s t Op e ra Holland Park o down the rabbit hole and enter a world of magic and music with the OHP production of Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece, adapted into an original opera by Will Todd and Maggie Gottlieb.  Holland Park, W8, 020 7361 3570; aliceopera.com

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WAR HORSE PROM 3 Au gu s t R oyal Alb e r t Hall

Mauro Pallotta

Prom inspired by the National Theatre’s play based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel, featuring a new suite created by Adrian Sutton from his score for the original production, as well as a few other pieces of music from the period.  Kensington Gore, SW7, 020 7589 8212; royalalberthall.com

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Iconoclastic artist Mauro Pallota (aka MauPal) will be coming to Le Dame gallery for his first ever UK exhibition. The Italian painter first grabbed the world’s attention with his portrait of Pope Francis depicted as a caped crusader, leaping into action and has since produced portraits of everyone from Alfred Hitchcock to the Queen. 28 Powis Terrace, W11, 020 7229 0500; ledame.co.uk

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8 Au gu s t Paradi s e assive Attack frontman and all-round musical hero, Daddy G will be DJing at Kensal Green hotspot, Paradise. Revellers can expect a selection of massive tunes mixed by the man himself. 19  Kilburn Lane, Kensal Green, W10, 020 8969 0098; theparadise.co.uk

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ARTS & CULTURE / WHAT’S ON GROUP SHOW 3 Ju ly~ 3 0 Au g u st G r i ff i n G al le r y erfectionism 'does not seek to be perfect. P Neither does it claim to showcase perfect artists. Instead, this is an exploration of perfectionism of process.' The group exhibition brings together the work of nine artists including Jemma Appleby, and Jane Dixon, curated by Becca Pelly-Fry. Collectively, these artists reflect a shift in artistic practice towards the material, the technical and the skilful.  21 Evesham Street, W11, 020 8424 3227; griffingallery.co.uk

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Vivat! Vivat! My England!

OUT OF TOWN

WILDERNESS FESTIVAL

16 Ju l y ~5 Au gu s t R oyal C olle ge of Art

7~10 August Co rnbur y Pa rk t’s that time of year again, the time when city-dwellers up sticks I and head to the countryside equipped with tents, face paint and blind optimism about the weather. One of the best festivals this year is Wilderness Festival, which will have, among many other wonderful stages, exhibitions and performers, a tent dedicated to Notting Hill’s own Idler Academy. Oxfordshire,  OX7 3EH, 01608 811276; wildernessfestival.com

During his illustrious career, photographer John Hedgecoe captured many 20th century cultural icons, from Ted Hughes to Queen Elizabeth II on film. Don’t miss this remarkable exhibition showcasing his most memorable portraits. Kensington Gore, SW7, 020 7590 4444; rca.ac.uk

EXHIBITION OF THE MONTH Ab s o l u t e l y ’s p i c k o f A u g u s t’s a r t s a n d c u l t u r e

DISOBEDIENT OBJECTS n exhibition that focuses on the role material things can play in social change, Disobedient Objects will explore the inanimate items that became part of movements and even revolutions. From a Suffragette tea service to protest robots, the exhibition seeks to demonstrate how ‘political activism drives a wealth of design ingenuity and collective creativity that defy

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standard definitions of art and design.’ The objects will date from 1970s until now and will include defaced currency, political video games, experimental activist-bicycles and textiles bearing witness to political murders as well as a multitude of other fascinating articles.  V&A Museum, 26 July - 1 February, Cromwell Road, SW4; vam.ac.uk

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Whether you can’t wait for goat curry and soca, or you’re heading for the hills over the August bank holiday, Notting Hill Carnival is back. Absolutely looks back over the years

1959 In response to the Notting Hill race riots the previous year and the murder of Kelso Cochrane, civil rights activist and journalist Claudia Jones organises the first Carnival in St Pancras Town Hall.

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1976 150,000 people attend the event, now informally organized from Frank Crichlow’s Mangrove restaurant in All Saints Road. Violence erupts between local youths and the police, inspiring The Clash's White Riot, released the following year.

Local social worker Rhaune Laslett takes Carnival to the streets of Notting Hill and it attracts 10,000 revellers with its calypso and soca music, static sound systems, steel bands and Mas — the colourful Masquerade parade.

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1980 Norman Jay’s Good Times arrives. He says: ‘My Carnival debut with Good Times was in 1980. The tradition had always been soca, calypso, reggae, lovers' rock and African music and I played soul, funk, jazz and disco… I introduced the clubbing experience to Carnival.’

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CULTURE / CARNIVAL

2002 The route changes after an extensive consultation focusing on overcrowding and a 7pm curfew is introduced (though hardly heeded).

“I’ve been going to the Notting Hill Carnival for nearly four decades. In that time I’ve heard the soundtrack change from calypso and soca to today’s multi-genre event via the Jamaican sound-systems that culturally hijacked Carnival in the mid-70s. That’s where I came in, drawn by the bass.”

2004 The Carnival Review Group, set up by former mayor Ken Livingstone, estimates that the event contributes about £93 million to London's economy.

D on L et t s

2014 Carnival is now the second biggest street party in the world (after Rio de Janeiro's Mardi Gras) and two million people are expected to descend upon the streets of Notting Hill on 24 and 25 August.

2009 Don Letts releases a documentary called Carnival, made up of footage shot over the years. ‘During the Notting Hill riot I was wandering around with my Super-8 camera, torn between getting the shot and throwing a brick. The infamous picture of me that ended up on the front of the ‘Black Market Clash’ album was taken at this time. It looks like I am fronting the cops off, but I am actually crossing the road. Behind me are 500 brothers all armed with bottles and bricks and the police lines were right in front of me. It was best that I moved out of the way.’

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100 different designs to choose from featuring winter sports, summer resorts and the world’s greatest historic automobiles

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FOLK TALES

Portobello Road ceramics experts Big Tomato Company have produced Mark Hearld's colourful ceramic collection for Tate Britain's Folk Art exhibition. All pieces are limited edition and available to buy at the gallery's gift shop. The first major exhibition dedicated to the extraordinary and surprising works of some of Britain’s unsung artists continues until 31 August. bigtomatocompany.com

ROCK OF AGES

The 14th Serpentine Pavillion has arrived in Kensington Gardens, this time in the form of a semi-translucent, ‘doughnut shaped mould’ resting upon 60 tonnes of rock. Critics have labelled it ‘the weirdest structure yet to have graced the west London lawn’ and with its immensely delicate and seemingly fragile fibreglass walls placed upon sturdy rocks scattered upon the ground, it’s like nothing we've seen before.

FOWL PLAY Anthropologie

An exhibition of previously unseen work by celebrated British artist Holly Frean comes to King's Road's Anthropologie this month . The show comprises a series of portraits’ of chickens. “Chickens are spectacular, theatrical creatures,” says Holly. “Consider their extraordinary faces and baggy accessories - all ostentation and swank!” Ideed. Her chicken dessert plates are on sale at £14 and the exhibition continues until September. anthropologie.eu

W10 ST REET LIFE

Photographer Roger Mayne, who famously photographed street life in Southam Street W10 in the 1950s, died last month aged 85, just a few weeks after Alan Johnson won the Orwell Prize for This Boy, his moving memoir of growing up in the exact streets depicted. Today's North Kensington is a shockingly different world, as readers will discover.

Quiet Time fter 20 years of rocking the Carnival, Sancho Panza's Jimmy K Tel and Matt Brown have announced that they will be taking a break from Middle Row this year. They'll be back next year and they're in Shoreditch as usual in the meantime, so don't fret. sanchopanza.org

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SERPENTINE he Serpentine summer party was glamorous as ever, with guests treated to a surprise performance by Pharrell Williams alongside their watermelon martinis. Absolutely everyone was there, from Grayson Perry to Suki Waterhouse, Tracey Emin to Princess Beatrice, Keira Knightley, Pam Hogg, Lily Cole, Alice Temperley, Patrick Cox, Zadie Smith, Cara Delevingne, Noel Gallagher and countless others. u

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YASMIN MILLS AND JO WOOD arty organiser Yasmin Mills and organic guru Jo Woodthrew a bash at quintessentially chicLondon club Boujis in South Kensington. Guests sipped on Summer Crush cocktails, consisting of Belverede Vodka, fresh passionfruit and pineapple juice while they enjoyed uber hip DJ Becky Tong spinning some hot summer tunes. Guests included Annabel Neilson, Lauren Kemp, Melissa Odabash, Maria Hatzistefanis, Cora Corre, Becky Tong, Henry Conway, Lisa Snowdan and many more. Yasmin kicked off the party wearing a tangerine Ralph Lauren oneshoulder beach dress and Jo in a Liza Bruce Kaftan that got everyone in the mood for hot balmy nights to come. u

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PRINTS CHARMING Wear summer prints while you can because their days are numbered... we are hankering after this angular pattern, which comes as a skirt and top as well as this Paul Smith Black Label hazy triangle print dress. ÂŁ325. paulsmith.co.uk

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BOUTIQUE s t o r y

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CONFIDENTIAL Exotic prints, bright shades and ugly shoes for the las t ofthe summer

Shop SPOTLIGHT

chumacher launched in Berlin in and now has over 28 stores S 2010 around the world. Founded by designer Dorothee Schumacher, the look is sophisticated and grown-up. For AW14 Dorothee explores a ‘luxury grunge’ look, defined by casual oversized coats and layering t-blouses over turtlenecks or blouses with oversized sleeves. Showcasing a groomed eccentricity, combined with fashion-forward thinking, the collection also adds femininity to often androgynous designs – embellishment, velvet, tulle, draped tops, dresses and collars that wrap themselves around the body all add an important counterbalance. Dark and muted colours with vintage references and dusty neutrals are paired with bright, strong accents, while floral prints are inspired by Robert Mapelthorpe. Accessories range from biker boots to embroidered bags and statement ear cuffs. The interior of Dorothee Schumacher’s Ledbury Road store mirrors the same craftsmanship and quality that has become so synonymous with the designer’s eponymous collection. u

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Sara C is a premium eco-couture fashion label featuring simple silhouettes and unique prints, designed and made in Britain using sustainable fabrics and low-impact technology. The new collection includes nature-inspired prints and has been snapped up by those canny buyers at Anthropologie. anthropologie.eu

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FASHION / NOTES STATE STYLE

TAKE HEEL

Altuzarra

Bionda Castana

We've had a sneak peek at New York label Altuzarra's pre-spring collection for 2015 – and it's looking good, with the brand's emphasis on making women look 'seductive, strong and confident'. The collection lands at Matches in Ledbury Road soon. altuzarra.com

The antithesis of the ugly sandal (below) are these sharp heels by Bionda Castana. Slim stilettos, dainty points and delicate ties contrast with those thick soles, big buckles and wide straps. Take your pick. £420, my-wardrobe.com

editor’s

PICK

SKIN DEEP Horiyoshi the Third

WHOSE BAG? Somerville Scarves

The colourful Wayuu Mochila bags are made by the Wayuu, a group of indigenous people from La Guajira Peninsula in Colombia and Venezuela. Each bag is unique and handmade, taking 21 days by one woman who has her own signature. £85, somervillescarves.com

Love tattoo art but can't face an actual full-body suit? Connaught Street's fabulous Horiyoshi the Third creates mens and womenswear inspired by the work of Japanese tattoo master Horiyoshi III. We are obsessing over this Botan jungle dress in luxurious silk crepe de chine. £630, thethiiird.com

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MID RIFF MOMENT Jil Sander

Embrace fashion’s latest fetish: the exposed midriff. Separates in matching prints is a look that Jil Sander has perfected for SS14. store.jilsander.com

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5 4 1. CYPRUS SANDAL £95; drmartens.com 2. BIRKENSTOCK ARIZONA-STRIPED COTTON SANDAL £165; matchesfashion.com 3. TOGA PULLA METALEMBELLISHED SANDAL £325; matchesfashion.com 4. MARISSA SANDAL £80; kurtgeiger.com 5. JEWELLED MADDIE POOLSLIDE £115; whistles.com

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PICK

Bouclé Jacket, £2,125; harrods.com

HEIDI KLEIN

Laos Harem Pants, £175, and laos crossed twist bandeau top, £110; heidiklein.com

WILDFOX

Shipwrecked Swimsuit, £130; harrods.com

DAISY DARCHE Tokyo kaftan in sky red print £605; daisydarche.com

MELISSA ODABASH St Barts Bikini, £172; blondonboutique.com;

BAND OF OUTSIDERS

Floral-print silk crepe de chine camisole, £170; net-a-porter.com

THE STRELITZIA

Deep V One Piece, £190; wearehandsome.com

JOUBI

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Kosey rings, £65 each, joubi.co.uk

TERMITE EYEWEAR

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Cutout back mini dress pink, £225; austique.com

Base + Half Sunglasses in Violet, £160; termiteeyewear.com

MULTICOLOUR SUMMER

BUTTERFLY

by Matthew Williamson. Leaf Bikini Top, £28 and Pants, £18; debenhams.com

Don’t hide away in the shade, get out & shine SOPHIA WEBSTER

ALICE + OLIVIA

Riko cutout leather and suede wedge sandals, £450; net-a-porter.com

Foss floral jacquard dress, £385; harveynichols.com

MOCHI

Mirrored Skirt, £159; allthingsmochi.com

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LIVYORA

Mustekala cuff earrings £poa; livyora.com

BOODLES

Long beetle necklace, in 18ct yellow gold with coloured gemstones £7,000; boodles.com

SOPHIE HARLEY

Mega showgirl choker £3,500; sophieharley.com

ASTLEY CLARKE MUSE

Rose gold giant Astley Locket £3,500; astleyclarke.com

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LUCIE CAMPBELL

Platinum diamond sapphire cat brooch £3,800; luciecampbell.com

THEO FENNELL

Limited edition giraffe art charm £1,100 theofennell.com

KIKI MCDONOUGH Eve bee bracelet with diamonds and blue topaz £1,300; kiki.co.uk

ARGENT LONDON

18CT half eternity paveset diamond & gemstone rings from £980; argentlondon.com

Orange watermelon ring £550; grey-book.com

VAN CLEEF & ARPLES

MAUD TRAON

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PICK

DINNY HALL

Tessa Pendant in 14k yellow gold and silver with rose gold vermeil £575; dinnyhall.com

HOT ROCKS BULGARI

Serpenti watch with 18ct pink gold-diamonds case £113,000; bulgari.com

Dazzling jewels create the ultimate sparkle DINNY HALL

Gem drop ring in 14K rose gold with rose de France amethyst £550; dinnyhall.com

CARTIER

Hoop earrings in white gold, onyx, garnets, brilliant-cut diamonds £POA; cartier.com

ROBINSON PELHAM

Diamond butterfly pendant/brooch with pink sapphire wings £4,850; robinsonpelham.com

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CHOPARD

Clownfish plastron necklace in white gold £POA; chopard.com

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MY STYLE

Alex Darche, designer, Daisy Darche, W8

MY FAVORITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION is anywhere with a beach. I've always loved Tuscany and the south of France.

MY FAVORITE PIECE FROM MY OWN COLLECTION is the organza trench in electric blue – it’s so versatile and perfect for London and abroad.

MY FAVORITE ITEM OF CLOTHING

MY FAVORITE DESIGNERS are Helmut Lang and Rick Owens - when I'm not wearing Daisy Darche, that’s my style.

MY FAVORITE PIECE OF ART is The Death of Chatterton by Henry Wallis - I love creating moods in my work and this painting certainly does that.

I love my jackets ... I have so many! Especially a good blazer, can’t go wrong with a bit of tailoring. Currently wearing my Esther Jacket in Yellow Blocks ... to death! again so versatile, perfect with a pair of skinny jeans / shorts / skirts. Something I can always rely on which can be worn day-to-night.

MY STYLE ICON is Greta Garbo. I love the 1920s opulence and glamour and I love her style, on and off screen.

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S UN Classic tailoring mixed with statement jewellery and swimwear make for a summer of sophistication Photography Ja mes Lucas Styling Hannah Beck

Entire look by Hasan Hejazi

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Bow Body bikini by I.D top,Sarrieri, £49, by Earrings Princesse by Karla Tam Ross, Tam; Ring princessetamtam.co.uk by Imogen Belfield Crochet pencil skirt, £399, by Sea Ny at my-wardrobe.com Cream coat, £175, by Pepe Jeans; pepejeans.com

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Swimsuit by Moeva Earrings and Cuff by Karla Ross

Photography: James Lucas Styling: Hannah Beck Hair and Make up: Alice Oliver using Bobbi Brown and Aveda Models: Elise Lebrun @ESTABLISHED and Leila Sharma-English @ESTABLISHED Production: Beauty & Pro beautyandpro.com. Shot on location at The Park Club, Acton (www.theparkclub.com)

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Beauty Absolutely

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> BEAUTY NOTES p. 48 THE MAKE-UP INSIDER p. 53 AT HOME WITH RUBY HAMMER p. 56

CARNIVAL COLOURS If you can't wear bright colours in August then when can you? Think Carnival when choosing shades and you can't go wrong. Take advice from Arabella Preston, page 53.

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B E AU T Y r e v i e w

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CONFIDENTIAL

Mobile therapist

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Beauty

The lowdown on new products, treatments and trends

words ARABELLA PRESTON

ensal and Notting Hill's best beauty secret is now ours K kept to share. Amie Ingram is a demon manicurist and beauty therapist who will visit you at home for all your grooming needs. It's perfect for mums of little ones who can't find the time. Just relax in your own sitting room and she'll come to you – no need to bring flipflops and no waiting around for the polish to dry. As well as manicures and pedicures (using all the latest Essie colours), Amie also does threading, waxing, lash and brow tinting. Her trademark service however has to be the fantastic organic spray tan by Vita Liberata which gives a beautiful natural glow. You'll emerge from the nifty pop-up tent with whichever intensity of tan you like as Amie will adjust her application accordingly. You can trust her to find the most natural tan for you. Manicures from £12, Spray Tan £30 u

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HEALTH & BEAUTY / NOTES STAR QUALITY

SHAKE YOU R TAILFEATHE R

Tom Ford

Bio Sculpture

Tom Ford's Velvet Orchid has relaunched with its sensuous blend of black truffle and ylang mingled with fresh Bergamot and delectable blackcurrant. And with new campaign images shot by Mario Sorrenti, it's a stylish new look. tomford.com

Even if you’re not taking part in Carnival's hedonistic weekend, you can get into the party spirit with Bio Sculpture’s new Carnival collection of vibrant gel polishes. Search for local techinicans at biosculpture.co.uk

STAR QUALITY Urban Retreat

If it Joan Collins made it, it’s gotta be good. So what great news that Joan Collins Timeless Beauty has launched 5 new products for summer. Divine Lips (£18) in the new ‘Marliyn’ shade with terracotta tones, the Summer Kiss Compact Duo (£34, shade bronzer with SPF 15) and the Glorious Gloss (£18) lipgloss in Piper – a musty pink – are three of our favourites. urbanretreat.co.uk

AQUA FRESH

editor’s

Aqua di Parma

PICK

This special birthday fragrance celebrates Aqua di Parma’s 10th anniversary. This Iris Nobile Eau de Parfum claims Bergamot, star anise and mandarin as its top notes, while iris concentrate and ylang-ylang comprise heart notes, and oak musk and ambrette crystals the base. Presented in an 18CT gold silkscreened bottle to boot. Perfecto. £108 for 100ml; acquadiparma.com

ESTEE LAUDE R Re-nutriv Eye Lift

Combining the rarest and most precious ingredients with nextgeneration skincare technology, Estée Lauder’s Re-Nutrive care includes the rarest and most precious ingredients and its exquisite formula lifts, firms, tightens and transforms the look of the delicate eye area. £100, esteelauder.co.uk

MAGIC WAND Light Stim

SMELL LIKE ROSES Jo Malone

For lovers of the ‘sweet’ cologne, this Velvet Rose & Oud from Jo Malone is worth a try. Damask rose, smoky oud wood and cloves combine to create a distinct, indulgent fragrance. Spray on skin when testing – it softens the initial hit. Dry Body Oil, £48, jomalone.co.uk

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Light Stim's clever new gadget promises to reduce wrinkles using LED light therapy. And it's both easy to use and effective, with a brief daily burst enough to produce noticeable results after eight weeks. It's true – undereye puffiness and skin tone are noticeably improved too. £249, spacenk.com

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ELEMIS

Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules, £63; timetospa.co.uk

PRADA CANDY

Florale, £52; harrods.com

DEBORAH LIPPMANN

Stripper To Go, £10 for 6 mitts; harveynichols.com

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PICK SKYN ICELAND

Skin Hangover Kit, £17.50; marksandspencer.com

SHIFFA

Healing Balm, £50; spacenk.com

SUNLEŸA

MURAD

Essential-C Sun Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 35, £19.50; murad.co.uk

Age Minimising After Sun Care, £137; sisley-paris.com

TRIA

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Hair Removal Laser, £375; triabeauty.co.uk

TREVOR SORBIE Straight Conditioner, £2.99 for 100ml; trevorsorbie.com

HOLIDAY ESSENTIALS

CREME DE LA MER

The Mist £50; cremedelamer.co.uk

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Air-Lie Daily Lift for Legs, £60; myshowcase.com

CLARINS

Colours of Brazil Summer Bronzing Compact, £30; clarins.co.uk

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NARS

Eyeshadow Duo in Tropical Princess, £25, narscosmetics.co.uk

TOPSHOP

TOPSHOP

Glitter Pot in Hero and Periwinkle, £4, topshop.com

Lip Varnish in High Times, £9, topshop.com

BOUTIQUE

CHANEL SS14

Nail Polish in Selling Ice to the Eskimos, £4, Sainsbury’s

Glitter fest

NARS

Blush in Exhibit A, £21.50, narscosmetics.co.uk

It’s all about glitter, sparkles and lots of bling for Carnival – just remember to keep it cheap Wo r d s A r a b e l l a P r e s t o n

F YSL

Baby Doll Mascara, £24.50, yslbeauty.co.uk

or me, Carnival is all about beauty. It’s a riotous celebration of life, and it’s hard not to be inspired by the outre costumes and the bonkers makeup.Anything goes – there are no rules at Carnival time. My advice is to keep it cheap. There are some amazing colours and pigments available on the high street. I love this Revlon eye quad. It’s long-wear too, crucial for surviving heat/rain/late nights. Use the darker colours close to the lash line then blend in the yellow and purple on your lids and up to your brows. Use a wet brush for even more intense colour. Glitter,

sparkles and bling are essential. Pat a little vaseline onto the tops of your cheekbones or eyelids then press this Topshop glitter into the area. More is definitely more and don’t be too precise, but keep it off the centre of your face. One place I won’t scrimp is on my mascara, and full-on carnival eyes require blacker than black lashes. The YSL Baby Doll mascara is the glossiest, blackest one around. Layer it on thick, let it dry, then go again for super volume with just a hint of clumping. Worth spending money on too is a great blusher. The cheaper ones never seem to blend as well. This NARS blush looks extreme but is delicate when used with a light touch, and surprisingly flattering.

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TOPSHOP

Chameleon Glow in Shuffle The Cards, £8, topshop.com

REVLON

ColorStay 16hr Eyeshadow Quad in Exotic, £7.99, boots.com

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ABSOLUTELY / PROMOTION protein and carbohydrates, so it would seem logical to avoid fat to lose weight, and for many years this was the standard advice for slimmers. But recent studies have shown that deficiencies in essential fatty acids can actually slow weight loss. YOU NEED TO EAT FAT TO LOSE FAT.

Some dietary experts are promoting higher fat diets to help with weight loss. What’s more, many low fat products contain added sugar, the enemy of both the waistline and the skin. Fat helps boost satiety and adds flavour to our meals. However, we do need to eat the right types of fats and oils.

FAT THE TRUTH Joanna Oates, Nutritionist at the Park Club, offers some words of advice on the dreaded 'F' word he 'F' word can have a lot of negative connotations, but T both body fat and dietary fat are essential for our physical and mental wellbeing. Our bodies carry a layer of subcutaneous fat just beneath the skin, which keeps us warm and provides physical protection. If body fat falls too low it can affect sex hormone production, resulting in low libido, fertility problems and even early menopause. AGING AND TRANSLOCATION OF FAT

Body fat also helps to keep us looking young. As we age, our skin thins and we lose deep fat from our faces, resulting in more lines, wrinkles and under eye shadowing. Instead, body fat tends to accumulate around the middle and our

vital organs, resulting in increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and even dementia. This type of fat is known as visceral fat and often hidden, so that individuals with a normal BMI may still carry undesirable levels. Sugar, stress, sedentary lifestyles and alcohol are all contributing factors. SO WHAT CAN WE DO TO HALT THIS DOWNWARD DECLINE?

The last thing you should do is go on a quick fix diet, such as a juice fast or detox. Yes, you will lose weight and go down a dress size, but weight lost quickly comprises of water and muscle. Once you come off the diet, you are likely to gain back the lost weight, and more besides. Dietary fat contains more calories than

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Like our skin, oils are sensitive to too much heat and sunlight. This is why deep fried food can be so damaging. Most vegetable oils are more vulnerable, making coconut oil or butter a safer fat for cooking. Similarly we need to be careful to avoid chemically treated dietary fats such as margarines and spreads. Omega 3 fatty acids found in oily fish, walnuts, pumpkin and flax seeds can help boost body fat loss as well as keeping skin soft. Coconut oil is another slimmer’s friend as it is more easily burned as energy rather than stored in fat cells. It’s also a heat-stable oil so safer to cook with at higher temperatures than olive oil and vegetable oils groups. Nuts and seeds in their raw state (unsalted, not dry roasted) along with their cold-pressed oils contain many healthy fats. Finally, don’t be scared to go for full fat dairy products: these contain fat soluble vitamins devoid in their low fat alternatives. They also taste better and keep you feeling fuller longer. For further information and bookings, please contact The Park Club MediSpa, 020 8743 1900

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THIS WOMAN’S WORK

RUBY HAMMER The modest Maida Vale-based make-up artist on famous faces, cult products and receiving an MBE Photography Kirstin Sinclair W o r d s L i n d s ay B a k e r

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hen Ruby Hammer was awarded an MBE for services to the beauty industry in 2007 it was, she says, ‘a landmark moment’ in her life. She doesn’t go in for affectations of grandeur, though. ‘I’m a jobbing make-up artist,’ she says matterof-factly. ‘When I’m on a shoot, I’m a crew member like everyone else. I’m not being fake humble – I’m a team player and I’ve still got a passion for it. I’m certainly not some grande dame.’ Nevertheless, if anyone in beauty can claim doyenne status it’s probably the glamorous Hammer, who at the age of 52 has an illustrious career that spans decades. Ruby & Millie, the beauty brand she co-founded with Millie Kendall was trailblazing, the first UK indie cosmetics brand to be established for 30 years and the predecessor of subsequent make-upartist led products (such as the recentlylaunched brand by Charlotte Tilbury). Most recently she worked on the Sky TV series The Face. Her dad, she tells me, would have been very proud to see her collect the MBE. Ruby spent most of her childhood in Nigeria, the daughter of Bangladeshi parents. Her father was an eminent doctor and Chief Medical Officer and entertained at home frequently. Ruby has vivid memories of her mother’s outfits of saris in op-art, Pucci-style textiles, with fabulous eyelashes and hairpieces – the height of 60s glamour. ‘She was beautiful and smelt divine – Joy by Jean Patou was her favourite.'

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The family came to Britain when Ruby was 12, and following school, she graduated in Economics at LSE. From early on Ruby was ahead of the curve, combining her beauty knowledge with a good business head. She has repeatedly championed cult products early on – it was she who first brought the now ubiquitous Aveda hair products to the UK. Ruby & Millie launched in the 1990s in association with Boots, and next came the teen version, Scarlett & Crimson. All the while she was working as a make-up artist for the likes of Marie Helvin and Jerry Hall. ‘They were the iconic beauties from my youth, like Bianca Jagger, they were the bomb – and they still are. Jerry is very funny, she doesn’t suffer fools.’ In 2011 Ruby lost her beloved mother. ‘It took me a good year to get back on my feet.’ And now she has launched her new website, which includes a blog. She is also a brand ambassador for oils by Udo’s Choice, which she enthusiastically recommends for ‘feeling good inside and out – I use it and works brilliantly.’ Maida Vale has been home for the past 14 years, where she shares a townhouse with her second husband, Martin Kuczmarski. It’s hard to believe Ruby Hammer is 52 – she looks more like a sister than a mother alongside her daughter Reena, who is creative director of Urban Retreats. So what’s her secret? Good genes, she says. ‘And I take care of my skin – lots of exfoliating, UV protection of no less than 30, I don’t smoke, I eat and sleep well and I don’t drink excessively – but I also don’t exercise excessively. I’m not all holier than thou, I don’t lead some immaculate life .’ u rubyhammer.com

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> PROFILE: JONATHAN ADLER p. 60 HOME SPOTLIGHT p. 66 30 YEARS OF THEMES AND VARIATIONS p. 70

HOME SWEET HOME Habitat's new collection is all about the warmth of copper and walnut, strong geometric shapes, a cool Scandi inspired story and playful, colourful deconstructed patterns. The store celebrates its 50th birthday this season, so take note. habitat.co.uk

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American

BOY

Jonathan Adler is the poster boy for design that’s tasteful and fun – and his new Notting Hill shop brings him a step closer to world domination. Absolutely meets him Wo r d s P e n d l e H a r t e

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nterior designers aren't generally known for their sense of humour. They're more often pictured in monochrome with sour faces and snooty attitudes to people who can't differentiate between countless shades of grey. The minimalist types wouldn't create a peacock lollipop holder, say, or a ceramic basset hound for your mantelpiece, nor a candlestick shaped like a small cowboy. But there’s a lot of humour in Jonathan Adler’s world. The New York-based potterturned-interior designer and retail genius is loved throughout the States for his quirky and knowing designs that combine easy aesthetics with knowing nods to midcentury design and popular culture. His motto is ‘classical foundation, playful punctuation’ and with a background in semiotics as well as ceramics, he’s well positioned to create pieces with both style and irony, his clear aesthetic sense ensuring that everything is colourful and appealing as well as clever. Though when asked to

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describe his own style, he simply says: ‘preppy potter’. Meeting him in his new Westbourne Grove store, he’s a neat, dapper figure with a warm, American smile. ‘I’m a total Anglophile,’ he says. ‘I have a British husband.’ This is his second UK store (the first is in Chelsea’s Sloane Avenue) and Adler has a particular thing for W11. ‘Notting Hill is one of my favorite neighbourhoods in the world.’ Do we shop differently on this side of the pond? ‘I think so. Brits understand patina like no other people on earth and, because of their sense of history, buy things that they’re going to love forever.’ The shop, predictably, looks fantastic. It’s hard to take it all in without thinking that behind Adler’s cheery façade there must be a relentlessly driven brain, because every single thing in this vast display of homeware, from sofas to rugs, vases and teapots to handbags, mirrors, cushions and cocktail cabinets, is designed by him. And still he refers to himself, modestly, as ‘a potter’, as if he were a lone figure with a wheel and a kiln, rather than an international

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retail giant with a fabulous Manhattan apartment and a pet dog called Liberace. ‘I just make what I want to make and hope that other people love it as much as I do. My entire career has been an improbable adventure,’ he says. Adler has said that making a home look ‘cute’ is part of the appeal, and his look is as far from the beige, minimalist school of design as it’s possible to get. Having graduated from Brown university, he threw himself into a brief and unsatisfying career in the film industry before abandoning it after three years to return to his real calling, pottery, which he discovered as a teenager. In 1994 he launched his first ceramic collection at Barney’s New York, then opened his first Manhattan shop five years later, expanding into home furnishings. His website autobiography notes that his parents ‘staged an intervention’ at the news that he was abandoning the film industry for ceramics, but he tells me: ‘Actually, they were supportive of my choice to be a potter. They were both supremely

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Good design

PUTS YOU AT EASE AND MAKES YOU FEEL EVEN MORE GLAMOROUS than you

already are

creative people with exuberant senses of color and glamour, and it might sound clichéd, but they just wanted me to be happy.’ Looking around the new shop, on offer are things like a brass banana (£750!), a selection of rainbow sequinned cushions and a series of cheerful striped ceramic storage jars labelled ‘uppers’, ‘ganja’ or ‘quaaludes’.

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HE REFERS TO HIMSELF as a potter, AS IF HE WERE A LONE FIGURE WITH A WHEEL AND A KILN, not an

international retail giant

‘I like the jars, I say. Yes, I like them too,’ he says. ‘Though I never did quaaludes, did you?’ Does good design affect his mood, I wonder? ‘Good design puts you at ease and makes you feel even more glamorous than you already are.’ Not just looking, but also feeling stylish seems to tbe the aim, when it comes to the Adler lifestyle. He’s published three books, called things like My Prescription for Anti-Depressive Living and 100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life (the camp self-help ethic continues in his husband Simon Doonan's Gay Men Don't Get Fat). And is he a workaholic? Surely he must be. But he’s not really revealing anything. ‘You can’t turn creativity or ideas or design off – and I wouldn’t want to.’ Still, I am taking this as a yes. Though he does seems to enjoy a bit of downtime sometimes, of course in the environs of a beautifully designed house. ‘I love spending time on Shelter

Island where my hubby Simon and I built our dream house. We paddleboard, read, and hang out with the people and things we love most.’ Is there anything he hasn’t done yet but wants to? Actually, yes. ‘I’d love to design a car, inside and out.,’ he says, surprisingly. But with a track record like his, it would be surprising if he didn’t achieve it. So watch out, automobile industry, you probably won’t look the same after Adler’s been at the wheel. u 287-289 Westbourne Grove, W11 uk.jonathanadler.com

Nico Sunrise Sequinned Cushion, £178

Owl Bookends £164

Silver Fox Ceramic Object £178

Animalia Coasters, £78

Santorini Electra Vase £150

Canisters, from £88

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French boutique owner Karine Candice Köng’s stylish west London home features in Ellie Tennant’s new book Design Bloggers at Home P h o t o g r a p h y R ac h e l W h i t i n g Wo r d s E l l i e T e n n a n t

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he London home of French boutique owner and blogger Karine Candice Köng is overflowing with creative styling ideas. By mixing old with new, she has retained the character of her charming, period townhouse, while creating a modern family home that’s as effortlessly chic as it is warm and welcoming. Vintage treasures sit alongside sleek designer furniture, providing a canvas for Karine’s everevolving, styled vignettes, while quirky finishing touches give every room her signature style. Karine set up her online concept store, Bodie and Fou, with her sister Elodie in 2005 to bring their personal blend of French style to a worldwide audience. The shop is named after the sisters’ nicknames for each other – Elodie is ‘Bodie’ and Karine is ‘Fou.’ Good design runs in her blood. She grew up in a creative environment with a father who loved DIY and a mother who spent her weekends sewing. They took her to flea markets and her lifelong love affair with interiors began at an early age.

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Karine’s blog – or ‘Le Blog’ as she affectionately calls it – started life a year later, as a channel to promote the sisters’ shop. But it soon became a virtual scrapbook in which to share her inspirations, her passion for fashion and her interior design ideas. It is now considered a ‘little black book of interiors’ by the likes of Vogue magazine, features everything from motivational and poetic quotations to stunning photographs of her home, and has become a one-stop-shop for design enthusiasts. ‘My blog very quickly became about much more than just my business,’ muses Karine. ‘It’s almost like a diary to me and very personal. It’s a way for me to share my passion for interior decoration online with other enthusiasts, but it’s also an important creative virtual space, where I can explore ideas and designs.’ Karine feels that writing a blog has broadened her horizons. ‘I used to read a lot of same-y French interiors magazines, but now I read titles such as VT Wonen from Holland and Inside Out from Australia – I’m exposed to a much wider range of styles and trends.’ When Karine first viewed the four-bedroom, Victorian

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HOMES & INTERIORS / SPOTLIGHT ‘When we moved in, the living room walls were magnolia with heavy, dark, cream curtains at the window,’ recalls Karine. ‘I painted all the walls white and fitted window film for a more modern look. It gives us privacy and I like the little cut-out star – I can peep through it when somebody rings the door bell!’

home she shares with her husband, Steve, and daughter, Mila, she immediately sensed it was ‘the one’. ‘It was the sense of space that first attracted me to this house,’ she says. ‘We were just about to give up on house hunting. We’d seen so many and none of them were quite right. This one was the last we saw and it was perfect – just a ten-minute cycle from Notting Hill and in a leafy, village-like area of the city.’ Karine has decorated the house throughout with white, but warm natural materials such as leather, marble and wood prevent the rooms from feeling stark or cold. ‘I love mixing different textures together and incorporating organic materials that have integrity,’ explains Karine. ‘I always find beauty in natural objects. For example, I pick up bits of wood at the beach and bring them home to display them. I like shells, too. My look is pared back and edited, so each object I own has a story behind it.’

The master bedroom is a shrine to effortless minimalism with an industrial-style bed base fashioned from wooden pallets, a bushel box as a bedside table and a basic, metal clothes rail. ‘I’m inspired by French interior designer Jacqueline Morabito, who always keeps things simple,’ explains Karine. ‘…and you never have to iron linen,’ she adds, with a smile.

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HOMES & INTERIORS / SPOTLIGHT Her daughter Mila’s bedroom was the first room that Karine decorated when the family moved in. ‘It’s still my favourite room,’ she says. ‘I would never decorate in a girly, pink colour – I much prefer grey. When we moved in, the walls were yellow, the shelves were pale green and the floorboards were dark brown, so I’ve freshened it up with white floorboards and a smart dark grey wall. I love painting. There is instant gratification when you do it.’

Her rooms are effortlessly chic – a beguiling cocktail of vintage treasures, contemporary, designer buys and carefully-chosen, high street finds. ‘I love IKEA,’ she admits, ‘but I’m selective. It’s like fashion; if you mix expensive designer pieces with high street bargains, it works.’ Karine’s inspiring less-is-more approach extends to every area of her home. ‘You just don’t need much stuff,’ she insists. ‘In your kitchen, if you have a simple, rustic wooden table, a little jug and a small bunch of flowers, that’s it. You’re sorted.’ Despite her penchant for monochrome interiors, Karine isn’t afraid to throw splashes of colour into the mix here and there. Her linen bed sheets are a bright turquoise blue. ‘I’ve always wanted to create a home that has a laid-back, holiday-like feel,’ explains Karine. ‘Turquoise reminds me of the sky and sea, while natural linen conjures up memories of summer days at the beach. It gives the room a really relaxed feel.’ u

Above ‘When we were househunting, within two minutes of walking in through the front door, I knew this was the house for us,’ reveals Karine. ‘The hallway floor tiles were already here, but they’re perfect for me because they’re black and white.’ Karine has concealed the radiator inside a chic cover, that also provides a useful ledge. Right Delicate rosaries hang from the corner of an antique mirror in Karine’s bedroom. ‘I’ve always liked crosses,’ she explains. ‘My husband gave me a beautiful rosary from New Zealand once, made from volcanic stone.’

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n 1984, Westbourne Grove bore little resemblance to its 2014 self. Not only was there an actual petrol station on the corner of Colville Road and a square, unattractive public loo on the site now home to Piers Gough’s fancy facility, but other than a newsagent and the post office, there were few shops not selling antiques. There was no fashion and certainly no Daylesford. In November 1984, French-born Liliane Fawcett opened the doors to her new shop at number 231 with an exhibition on Italian designer Fornasetti and a variety of midcentury furniture. With her Themes and Variations store, she had the idea of mixing the vintage with the contemporary. And despite a shaky start, this year it’s quietly celebrating its 30th birthday.

‘People used to come in and laugh,’ she says. ‘They’d say “no-one’s going to buy that, my mother had it”’ when they saw her 1950s chairs and accessories. ‘And the street wasn’t gentrified. This shop

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local writer/artist Helen Kirwan Taylor’s popular word sculptures). Today, in its large space, the gallery has an intriguing variety of pieces on display. There’s the soft toy chair in the window which, impressive though it is, lacks the clean lines and elegant sophistication of the vintage pieces. There’s lots of Italian glass from the 1960s and 1970s as well as a large and beautiful dining table that was a former school table – British, 1950s – but which teamed with a set of yellow upholstered dining chairs – Italian, 1950s – strikes a whole new chord. There’s a contemporary chandelier from Niamh Barry, a hand-forged bronze piece, and various Tom Dixon pieces, as well as the staple Fornasetti collection (they are the UK agent for Fornasetti). So it’s an eclectic mix with an underlining elegance, linked together by Fawcett’s signature style and knowledge. ‘We never thought we’d be here 30 years,’ says Fawcett. But they’re clearly not going anywhere. u

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used to be a garage and next door they were selling metal by weight’. None of the antique shops was selling 1950s. These days, Fawcett is established as a leading specialist in post-war and contemporary design, with a reputation for championing the unusual; currently on display in the window is a chair made entirely of stuffed toy tigers, made by the Brazilian Campana brothers and priced at £19,000. It’s one of their best-sellers, says Fawcett. So what brought her from ridicule to international recognition? ‘Taste has changed,’ she says simply. ‘After the 1990 recession England was ready for new ideas and new styles, and we were lucky that

design became something more people were conscious of. They stopped laughing.’ American, French and Italian midcentury furniture of the kind that Fawcett had been collecting for years became, and remains, fashionable, while the structure of wealth changed, leaving more younger wealthy people able to collect. ‘Now people in their 40s are looking for interesting design, things that they’re not going to find in their friends’ houses. Customers used to be older.’ Fawcett soon started exhibiting contemporary artists such as Tom Dixon (an old friend) and sculptor Danny Lane and now she continues to host one exhibition a year (most recently,

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The Kindergartens are delighted to announce that they are opening two new nursery schools in Holland Park, W14 and Aubrey Walk, W8. These will be sister nurseries to their highly successful Pooh Corner Kindergarten in SW7. The new kindergartens will offer a very exciting and unrivalled education. Morning places are available now.

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TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS Ilovegorgeous

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NW6-based Lou Kuenzler's Shrinking Violet Absolutely Loves Ancient Egypt (£5.99, Scholastic) is the intrepid shrinking child’s fourth adventure, while fellow Queens Park resident Jon Hinton has teamed up with illustrators TADO to release Monster Trucks (£6.99, Scholastic). We also recommend Al MaCuish's delightful The Bee Who Spoke, illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon (£8.95, Thames & Hudson).

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Isossy Children's Omo boys' terracotta jacket is hand-made to order (within a week) in this gorgeous African print cotton, making it a unique piece. The new collection includes beautiful dresses and playsuits too. £60, isossychildren.com

Dark looks Itella McCartney's stylish childrenswear takes a flight of fancy with the Maleficent Capsule Collection, which includes this beautiful purple dress with outsize wings and matching velvet horns. Pair it with sparlkly sandals or the impressive dragon trainers. 10% of all profits from the collection go to SOS Children's Villages charity, so it's magnificent all round. £90, stellamccartney.com

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ashion starts young in W11 – and we’re not talking about under-age models. At the Fashion Factory, girls as young as eight are learning about designing, pattern cutting, stitching and embellishing – and then modeling their own creations on a catwalk. Westbourne Grove’s 20th Century Theatre provided the catwalk and the hour-long show saw girls of all ages model as many as ten self-made outfits each in front of a glamorous audience of parents and grandparents (Celia Birtwell was there, Suzy Menkes sent her apologies, also spotted were David Cameron’s spoin doctor Craig Oliver and newsreader Joanna Gosling). Trends included belted capelets, bomber jackets in contrast fabrics, summer dresses with matching hairbands, upcycled denim skirts and dresses and jersey shifts in bright prints. Amanda Riley’s Fashion Factory teaches children how to make their own clothes using recycled materials and upcycled textiles. Riley made her own first dress aged eight and is an inspiration to her classes. They have lessons in pattern-cutting, sewing machine techniques and surface

patterns, and work on several different projects at once to produce an entire selfmade collection, as well as upcycling and customizing existing pieces. Fashion Factory prides itself on teaching real skills and encouraging children to develop their own designs, which they go on to wear off the catwalk too. Riley has just signed her first publishing deal with Quadrille and is working on a book for next year, so expect to see more of her.

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Guiding light When founder of The Week magazine Jolyon Connell wanted to help his daughter with her AS Level Shakespeare, he found himself launching a new range of study guides Wo r d s A M A N D A C O N S TA N C E

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hen Jolyon Connell’s daughter Flora didn’t achieve a perfect A in her AS Level on Shakespeare, it got him thinking. Flora – in the sixth form at St Mary’s Calne – got straight As in every subject apart from the great bard. It was The Tempest that had been the problem, a tricky one at the best of times, so Connell immediately offered to help. He dug out his old notes, yet found little to help him there and then scratched his head, as he had no idea which critic to turn to. “What do you do if, at the age of 17, you need some direction?” Connell explains. “It’s York Notes or nothing and they don’t give you any idea of which critic to start with.” And surely if Flora – the privately educated daughter of the ex-deputy editor of The Sunday Telegraph – needed help, many others did, too? Connell’s lightbulb moments are not to be ignored. The last time he had one, the result was The Week, the news digest that became the publishing success story of the last two decades and is now Britain’s highest-selling weekly subscription magazine. He rang his old tutor at St Andrews, Graham Bradshaw – acclaimed by Harold Bloom as one of the best Shakespeare scholars of the last 50 years – and asked him to write a guide to The Tempest; five years later, the first Connell Guide was born. With each dedicated to a single, classic text, there are now 20 in print. Other Shakespeare plays covered include Othello, King Lear, Macbeth and Romeo

and Juliet, while the range of novels includes Jane Eyre and Great Expectations, along with modern classics such as The Great Gatsby, Heart of Darkness and The Waste Land. Every guide is written by a leading academic in the field, is no more than 20,000 words long, and is accessible and beautifully designed. Like The Week, the guides illuminate without sacrificing complexity and seamlessly convey the viewpoints from both sides of the critical spectrum. Last September, Connell Guides also launched a subscription service for schools. 275 have signed up so far “including all the major public schools”, says Connell, who adds that he is keen to get state schools on board. For £195 a year, schools receive all 20 guides, the four new ones published in the following year, plus access to Connell Shorts – briefer, digital guides to modern texts,

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such as Atonement, The Road, and The Bloody Chamber. Subscribers also receive the Connell fortnightly review, regular new essays and a monthly quiz. Colin Hall, head of Holland Park School, says: “In these days of Facebook, text language, downloads... the ‘plugged in’ generation find it harder to digest academic texts. What Connell Guides bring is immediacy and clarity; brevity with depth. They unlock the complex and offer students an entry route.” This September, Connell Guides is launching a virtual Book Club. Designed to appeal to a wider audience, subscribers will receive a monthly Connell Guide or Connell Short (either in print or digitally), a fortnightly literary review, plus a literary briefing, quizzes and more. Connell has also started filming a series of video talks with university dons. When he spoke to Absolutely he had just returned from Oxford, where he discussed Romeo and Juliet with Simon Palfry, a Fellow at Brasenose and distinguished Shakespeare critic. Next in the pipeline is a film with Valentine Cunningham, a Senior Fellow at Corpus Christi College in Oxford, about King Lear and Mrs Dalloway. And his work has not gone unnoticed. At the Sunday Times Festival of Education a few months ago, the (then) Education Secretary Michael Gove said what many teachers are now thinking: “John Connell should be garlanded with roses.” u connellguides.com

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WIN A MEAL AT BUMPKIN! New menus at Bumpkin offer such filled with exciting new starters, mains and desserts with an eye on healthy eating. Absolutely has one £100 up for grabs – for your chance to win, email competitions@zest-media.com with your name, address and phone number and Bumpkin in the subject line. The first entry to be chosen at random on 11 August will win. 209 Westbourne Park Road, W11; 020 7243 9818 bumpkinuk.com

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URBAN MEADOW Welcome to Urban Meadow Cafe & Bar, fresh British dining beside the iconic location of London’s Hyde Park.

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TENDERSTEM, RYE KERNEL & TARRAGON SALAD his salad is based on the Nordic diet, which focuses on interesting grains and a characteristic love of aniseed flavours. This recipe uses traditional Västerbotten cheese but you can also use feta, which is widely used in modern Scandinavian cuisine.

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• 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar • 1 small shallot, finely chopped • 1/4 red chilli, finely chopped

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Having an Indian delivered takes on a whole new meaning when the Indian is from Notting Hill Gate's Chakra. This is no ordinary menu and everything tastes more exotic than you'd dare hope for. Don't miss the Rhajastani style crispy okra with dried mango powder. chakralondon.com

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Westbourne Grove's Carluccios is perfectly positioned for Kensington Gardens, so where better to pick up a picnic? The clever coolbag contains a vast spread of salads, olives, tartes and tastty chicken, plus pudding and snacks to kep you going all day, while the kids' version includes a mini pizza and other goodies. Remember to order 24 hours ahead. 108 Westbourne Grove W11; 020 7243 8164, carluccios.com

Snaps and Rye

METHOD Soak the grains for 24 hours then boil until just tender (about 22mins). Drain and leave to cool. 02 Blanch the broccoli in boiling water until just tender (3-4 mins). 03 Add all the salad ingredients, including the broccoli, to a bowl and crumble in your chosen cheese. Season. 04 Mix together all the ingredients for the vinaigrette and drizzle over salad just before serving. 05 Grilled chicken can be added for a meatier salad. ◆ 01

olborne Road is set to become even more of a foodie destination with new semipedestrianisation plans encouraging outdoor tables. So Kell Skott is riding on the zeitgeist by opening a Scandi foodstore called Snaps and Rye at number 93. It's set for late September but we can't wait for cured fish, rye bread and pastries galore.

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DID YOU KNOW…

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POLPO

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olpo, everybody’s favourite Venetian eaterie, has arrived in Notting Hill. It’s the fourth one – after Soho, Covent Garden and Smithfield – and revives the site vacated by All Bar One on Notting Hill Gate. Which isn’t immediately a site you’d earmark for Polpo, not being particularly attractive or glamorously located, on the relentlessly dour stretch of the Gate neighbouring Tesco and Carphone Warehouse. Still, we arrive on a Tuesday evening and the place is packed, even down to the optimistic but miserably located pavement tables. The menu may be inspired by the Venetian tapas-type bar,

the bacarao, but inside, it’s an artfully unfinished New York-inspired look – battered tin ceiling tiles, reclaimed ceramic wall tiles and neutral colours, apart from the burgundy buttoned leather banquettes. The bar and shelves might look a touch familiar to anyone who remembers the previous tenants – and there’s a central exposed concrete pillar that restaurateur Russell Norman reportedly left deliberately roughlooking thanks to a celebration of the ugly, part of his design aesthetic. I can sympathise – everything’s always so slick and self-conscious that it’s a bit weary-making, always looking at things that are done and approved by an army of brand consultants.

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Anyway, the food’s a treat. Order three small dishes each and you’re guaranteed a feast. We kick off with a light and refreshing Aperol spritz while waiting for our spread. First there are tiny but tasty arancini balls, and next, veal and porcini meatballs, from the famous meatballs list, are deliciously satisfying. The spread continues with chilli and garlic prawns, a small pizzette with prosciutto and smoked mozzarella, crab and chickpea crostini, fennel, almond and endive salad. Then for pudding we can’t resist a nutella pizzetta and a tiramisu pot. Polpo is a great addition to the Gate. u 126-128 Notting Hill Gate W11 polpo.co.uk

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UKAI SUSHI Ukai is a Portobello Road staple, popular for its high quality food. Inside it’s long and dark, the kind of place you can come alone and read over a quick meal, or take your time. The food is all interestingly textured, soy flavours softened with sweet mirin and the hand of an expert sushi chef clearly detectable. Healthy, tasty and exotic too – what a faultless recipe 223 Portobello Road, W11; ukai.co.uk

Babylon Restaurant at The Roof Gardens is high up on the 7th floor with amazing views over London's skyline. Babylon offers diners mouth-watering British cuisine with decadent cocktails and guests can also dine alfresco on the terrace to enjoy a delicious British seafood menu. You don’t have to be dining in Babylon to visit, simply pop in for a drink or two at the bar. For more information and to book visit roofgardens.virgin.com or call 020 7368 3993

LISA’S Lisa delivers a culinary experience coloured with her Nordic roots and childhood memories. Enjoy a meal where ingredients are carefully selected from their own Scandinavian pantry and dictated by Sweden's four distinct seasons. Dinner at Lisa’s is sourced from small local producers when possible, and prepared with great attention to detail. Dishes are presented by knowledgeable and experienced staff. 305 Portobello Road, W10; 020 8964 8293 lisasportobello.com

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ONE KENSINGTON

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This European brasserie serves simple, elegant dishes such as seafood salad, beef tartare and poached salmon as well as grill favourites steaks, ribs and burgers. The raised John Tan table is a great spot for brunch, or enjoy beautiful cocktails at the long bar. Set lunch is £20 for two courses and delicious Sunday roasts are £15.50. 1 Kensington High Street, W8 020 7795 6533; one-kensington.com

Whether you are on the go or have time to linger, Le Pain Quotidien is the perfect place to catch a break from city life. The homey interior matches its organic farm food roots; a splendid display of everything from tarts to tartines can be found here at any time of day. And there’s always enough fresh bread to go around. 30- 31 Kendal Street W2; 020 7262 8391

GOLBORNE DELI This winning menu of simple, Mediterraneaninspired food made from fresh ingredients offers everything that people want to eat. There’s breakfast from 7.30am, and then a full range of sandwiches, salads and a few hot dishes to take things through to tea time, when a wide array of cakes take centre stage. Italian coffee is excellent and prettily served in numerous variations including a decadent ice mocha. 100 Golborne Road W10, 020 8969 6907; golbornedeli.com

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The theme here is breezy, outdoorsy, organic. It’s an all-day dining experience, so you could come for breakfast, lunch or dinner, as well as tea and snacks, and the menu is appealingly varied. Dishes are generous and attractively served, in keeping with the carefully thoughtout surroundings. There’s a grazing (it is a meadow, after all) menu of small dishes for combining and sharing too. 150 Bayswater Road W2; 020 7792 7066

Ping Pong summer is here, so make it a good one. Pop in to the Westbourne Grove branch and indulge in the fantatic summer offerings, which include delicious limited edition mojitos like hibiscus mojito and fresh menu items like BBQ style seafood skewers. Ping Pong is also offering you the chance to win the ultimate beach holiday for two! 74-76 Westbourne Grove, W2 020 7313 9832; pingpongdimsum.com

SANTO Santo’s outdoor tables spill out onto Portobello, the inviting cocktails and the Mexican dishes drawing you in. If that doesn’t catch your attention then the evening sounds of salsa will.It’s a warm and inviting atmosphere that is reflected in the serious cocktails and delicious dishes made with love and Mexican charm. 299 Portobello Road, W10; 020 8968 4590; santovillage.com

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’d eat this every day, especially when broad beans are available fresh in their pods from May to September. Sweet, buttery broads love pork, so adding crispy, salty pancetta rounds up all the flavours of the risotto. A little bit of mint will go a long way – take it to the table in a separate bowl, to stir in as you go.

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teaspoon for the pancetta and for drizzling • 25g unsalted butter • 1 small onion, finely chopped • 1 stick of celery, finely chopped • a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed • 150g risotto rice • 175ml white wine or vermouth • 600ml fresh chicken or vegetable stock, heated • 50g smoked pancetta, cubed • 50g Parmesan cheese, grated • a small handful of fresh mint leaves, finely sliced • pea shoots, to serve

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. Bring a pan of water to the boil and add the broad beans. After 2 minutes, drain and refresh under cold water. Pop the bright green beans out of their skins into another bowl of cold water and set aside.

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. Heat the olive oil and half the butter in a large saucepan over a medium-low heat and add the onion, celery and nutmeg. Season and gently fry for 10 minutes, covered, until the onions are very soft and have almost lost their shape. Add the garlic and stir through, frying for a further minute.

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. Add the rice and fry for 5 minutes or so, until almost translucent. Turn up the heat and add the wine, simmering for a few minutes until the alcohol has evaporated and the liquid is absorbed.

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. Add the stock a little at a time as the rice absorbs it. Continue, stirring, until you have finished all the stock and the rice is tender.

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. Meanwhile, heat a little oil in a pan over a medium heat and fry the pancetta until crisp and golden. Set aside. Add the remaining butter to the risotto with the Parmesan and a generous pinch of salt and pepper and rest. Stir in the cooked and podded broad beans with the mint. Top with the crispy pancetta and pea shoots, drizzle with olive oil and serve. u

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powder. Store in an airtight jar – it will keep up to 6 months. • 1.8kg free-range chicken, at room temperature • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed • 3 tablespoons ras el hanout (see introduction) • 20g softened unsalted butter • 2 blood oranges: 1 peeled and finely sliced,

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alads give an enormous amount of S wiggle-room when it comes to making a roast chicken go further. And it’s often when whisking the dressing that I decide to add a little of something else. Here it's pumpkin seeds. Roast chicken seems to live very happily alongside crunchy nuts and seeds – they give oiliness, texture and are subtle enough in flavour not to overpower – they are a sprinkle-on, effortless addition to any salad. Ras el hanout is a blend of spices used in Moroccan cooking and gives a wonderful fragrance to the chicken – the smell when it’s roasting will send you into a stupor. It is easy to get hold of , but it’s just as easy to make your own and keep it in the cupboard to stir into tagines, dressings, roast lamb or soups.

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• 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses, or 180ml

• 2 teaspoons ground ginger • 2 teaspoons ground cardamom seeds • 2 teaspoons ground mace • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon • 1 teaspoon ground allspice • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric • ½ teaspoon black peppercorns • ½ teaspoon white peppercorns • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper • 1 star anise • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

pomegranate juice, simmered and reduced to 2 tablespoons (find pomegranate molasses at thespiceshop.co.uk, or buy Al Rabih pomegranate molasses from Sainsbury’s and Middle Eastern shops) • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar • 50ml rapeseed oil • 2 tablespoons natural Greek yoghurt

Put all the ingredients into a pestle and mortar or a spice grinder and grind to a fine

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Prehe at the oven to 200°c/fan 180°c/gas 6. Place the chicken in a large roasting tray. Mix the garlic with the ras el hanout and combine with the softened butter. Push some of the butter mix under the skin of the chicken, being careful not to tear the skin, and smooth out with your fingers across the breast. Rub the rest of the bird with the remaining butter and season generously with salt and pepper. Push half the unpeeled orange into the cavity.

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Slide the chicken into the oven. After 15 minutes, turn the oven down to 180°c/fan 160°c/gas 4 and cook for a further hour, basting with the juices every so often until cooked.

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While the chicken is cooking, cook the couscous. Bring a pan of water to the boil and add the giant couscous. Simmer for 7–10 minutes, or until tender. Drain and rinse under cold water. Set aside.

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When the juices of the chicken run clear, remove the bird from the oven, transfer to a carving board and leave to rest for 15 minutes, covered with foil and a tea towel. Drain off any juices from the chicken and reserve for drizzling over the salad with the dressing. Slice up the chicken and set aside.

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For the dressing, mix the pomegranate molasses or reduced pomegranate juice and red wine vinegar together. Slowly whisk in the rapeseed oil until the dressing emulsifies, then stir in the yoghurt. Season well with salt and pepper to taste.

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Assemble the leaves, parsley, giant couscous and remaining sliced orange in a large shallow salad bowl and top with the spiced chicken. Drizzle over the dressing liberally, along with the reserved chicken juices, and top with the pumpkin seeds. u The Recipe Wheel by Rosie Ramsden (Ebury Press, £18.99 hardback)

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tay in The Italian room (not pictured!) allegedly the one Emma Thompson requests when she visits. Overlooking the front of the hotel, this deeply rich red room boasts a four-poster bed with an ornately decorated en suite, including a truly mammoth bath (seriously, you can swim in it). A desk for writing, lots of cupboard space, Italianate furniture and quattrocento doors, make it a wonderfully romantic haven for a night or two. ◆

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THE DAMAGE A stay in one of the Historic Bedrooms is £425 per room, per night. For wedding enquiries call 01784 480 411. Great Fosters, Stroude Road, Egham, Surrey, TW20, 01784 433 822; greatfosters.co.uk

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The Riviera for

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With its sophisticated grown-up glamour and glittering turquoise sea, The French Riviera never gets old. But it’s also great for little ones. Rowena Carr-Allinson uncovers the child-friendly offerings in Nice, St Tropez and even Monaco, too.

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onte Carlo exudes old world glamour, in large part thanks to its royal family, the Grimaldis, and the most dazzling of them, the legendary Grace Kelly. Visiting The Rock or le Rocher as it’s known to locals, is the most obvious place to start for children. With its impressive castle and daily changing of the guard, it brings the fairytale alive. Take a stroll through the gardens following the Grace Kelly Trail, past the cathedral where she tied the knot and down to the Musée Oceanographique for great panoramic views, seagull encounters and traffic-free leg stretching. The museum is a sight in itself, a marble temple to the sea, and home to a fabulous aquarium, including a shark lagoon, octopus, corals, turtles and angel-fish as well as an outdoor yellow submarine, which my toddler loved. Even better, Monaco’s petit train departs right outside the museum. A great hit with the kids, it’s the perfect way to sightsee without struggling up the steep hills. The train takes you past the harbour, around the Condamine district where the morning market is also a must (as well as its playground) and

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onto Monte Carlo’s casino. Travelling with boys who like cars? Then it’s worth taking a peek outside the famous Café de Paris and going to see Prince Rainier III’s amazing collection of 83 luxury vintage automobiles in the Antique Automobile museum. Eat & sleep o spend the night in style, the T Hotel Metropole is located in Monte Carlo’s heart. Little ones are well taken care of, with adorable Petit Prince bathing products as well as mini robe and slippers and a muchappreciated soft rabbit for company. Mum and Dad will also love the fact that in addition to the luxurious rooms and stunning Lagerfeld-designed pool deck area, the hotel has three Joel Robuchon restaurants, including the Michelin starred Asian-inspired Yoshi. But what they’ll love most of all is the colourful, jungle theme club kids’ club facility, the K Club, which is not only brand spanking new, but also complimentary. For Sunday brunch, walk over to the 7th floor Horizon Deck at the Fairmont Hotel where children under six can eat for free and make the most of the games room, while mum and dad take in the gorgeous views.

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See & do in Nice urprisingly kid-friendly, Nice offers a host of activities to keep youngsters entertained – from its pebbled beach to the gigantic Jardin Albert 1er, with its beautiful greenery, quaint carousel, sculptures and fountains. Another must? The old harbour, where the huge cruise-ships dock and the Colline du Chateau gardens offer a playground with fantastic coastline views. Kids don’t want to walk? Hop on the tourist train or hire a ‘velo-taxi’ for a quick tour – always fun for the little ones. On a rainy day, head out to the Parc Phoenix near the airport, with its giant tropical greenhouse housing exotic gardens from Louisiana to Thailand, a jungle of butterflies, animals and aviaries. Looking for something more relaxed? Take a ferry ride over to the peaceful, pedestrian Lerins islands, a great picnic day out for the entire family, away from the hustle and bustle. A few kilometers away from Nice is the legendary Marineland in Antibes, renowned for its spectacular killer whale shows. The park also offers a shark tunnel, giant turtle aquarium, rides and playgrounds – not to mention the neighbouring Aqualand for those in search of

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soaking and adrenaline. Expect dancing dolphins and huge orcas performing in exchange for few sardines. The kids were bowled over. Sleep & self-cater great base from which to A explore the coast is Les Issambres, nestled between the Maures and Esterel massifs near St Maxime. Handily located between St Tropez and Nice and only a 10-minute drive from the beach, the local Pierre & Vacances village offers familyfriendly apartments spread over 49 acres. It’s nice to have your own little home-from-home, especially when it comes with a choice of three pools (one with spectacular views in La Corniche) as well as a playground, tennis courts and basketball court to hand. Alongside the Kids' Club, in season there are a host of activities on offer, from circus training to the (apparently) very popular ‘secret spy’ courses. Teens will also probably quite like the fact that the village center has a table football, bar and disco, though my two-year-old wasn’t too fussed. See & do in St Tropez nstead of driving into I St Tropez and being stuck in its infamous traffic (there is only one road in and out), head to Les Issambres port and take a ‘navette’ ferry which whisks you over the water, bypassing the

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45-minute drive and dropping you off neatly in St Tropez harbour. Tuesdays and Fridays are market days, when the famous Places des Lices is covered in stalls selling all sorts of goodies for all ages, from mini saucissons to kaftans, jewellery and a dizzying array of sweets. Luckily they have thought about placing a merry-go-round in the very centre of the fray, ideal for toddlers and patient daddies. If you are driving however, make a detour to the beaches of Pampelonne. The beautiful, vast beaches are lined with private restaurants and clubs, including the famous Club 55 and Nikki Beach. After all, if all else fails, a bucket and spade might just do the trick… u

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Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo: Rooms from 490 Euros (approx. £398) room only. A special family package is available for all guests staying within a suite offering 50% off on a second room. This offer includes a VIP welcome and access to the Odyssey pool area; metropole.com

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SPOTLIGHT

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The Palazzo del Cinema on the Lido esplanade hosts several screenings and a limited number of tickets are available to the public the day before – head to the office of La Biennale, the festival organizers, to secure some hot seats (labiennale.org). Don’t worry if you miss out on tickets – the city itself is the star of the show, a living film set for more than 2000 films. Get a sense of its cinematic history by booking a tailor-made tour courtesy of Belmond Hotel Cipriani. Escorted by a private guide, a gondola ride transports you to St Mark’s Square where scenes from Orson Welles’ Othello were filmed, before moving on to Caffe Florian, the historic coffee bar setting

of Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr Ripley. Other stops include the church of San Nicolo dei Mendicoli, featured in cult film Don’t Look Now, plus the Aceademia Bridge and 15th century Palazzo Contarini, part of the iconic backdrop to The Merchant of Venice.

WHAT TO SEE

The list of attractions is endless, from the awe-inspiring Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Basilica to the sumptuous art of the Gallerie dell’Accademia and the Modernist treasures at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. It can feel overwhelming; every palazzo, bridge and narrow street of Venice’s six districts has a rich history. But this is a walkable city, studded with pretty waterways, and it’s easy to head off the beaten track in search of less obvious treasures. Stop at the Rialto Market early on a Saturday morning to watch the locals barter over the catch of the day before exploring the quieter streets surrounding Castello, housing the ancient Basilica di San Giovanni.

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vintage biographies and history books artfully stacked in gondolas and bathtubs. And in San Polo, Viziovirtù Cioccolateria, (viziovirtu.com) is a stylish chocolate and cake shop offering sweet treats created from ancient Venetian recipes. For traditional Venetian glass, head to the nearby island of Murano by vaporetto.

WHERE TO STAY WHERE TO SHOP

You’ll find traditional Italian perfumes and home fragrances, including elegant scents by Dr Gritti and Dr Vranjes, stocked at Arco del Paradiso (00 39 041 241 3745). Quaint bookshop Libreria Acqua Alta (00 39 041 296 0841) features

Nestled on Giudecca Island with sweeping views across the lagoon towards the Doge’s Palace, the Belmond Hotel Cipriani (belmond.com) has been a byword for glamour since the 1950s. Home to George Clooney when he’s in town for the festival, this is a luxurious but discreet escape, offering respite from the bustle of the city. Ask head barman Walter Bolzonella to serve up Nina’s Special, co-

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created by George and named in honour of his mother, before retiring to one of the generous-sized bedrooms, featuring Rubelli fabrics and classic marble bathrooms. In the thick of the action, close to St Mark’s Square, The Bauer Palazzo (ilpalazzovenezia.com) offers Venetian luxury overlooking the Grand Canal, while Hotel Luna Baglioni’s original frescos and antique furniture guarantee wow factor (baglionihotels.com). u TH E DA M AG E The Leading Hotels of the World offers stays at Belmond Hotel Cipriani from £495 per night, inc. breakfast; lhw.com. Film tours cost £92 per hour. EasyJet flies to Venice Marco Polo from London Gatwick airport from £19.74 one-way from April - October; easyjet.com

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Lancaster Road W11 £880,000 This exceptional raised ground floor apartment is situated in a converted Victorian house. The accommodation includes a reception room with many period features including a huge bay window, very high ceilings and an impressive fireplace. The property also benefits from a spacious double bedroom with a generous en suite bathroom overlooking the gardens to the rear. This property boasts an enviable Notting Hill location, quietly positioned on a residential street, moments from Portobello Road. Share of Freehold. EPC=D

NORTH KENSINGTON: 020 7313 8350 sales.nkn@marshandparsons.co.uk

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Bassett Road W10 £895 per week This huge split-level flat has been extensively renovated and finished to the highest standard. Arranged over the second and third floors of a fantastic period building, the accommodation includes a large double aspect reception room with beautiful wooden floors and a fully integrated kitchen/dining room. On the upper level, there are two double bedrooms (one with en suite) and further bathroom. EPC=D

NORTH KENSINGTON: 020 7313 8350 lets.nkn@marshandparsons.co.uk

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Lancaster Gate W2 £650 per week This beautifully finished one-bedroom apartment boasts wooden floors throughout and is situated close to the amenities of Lancaster Gate, Hyde Park and the transport links of Paddington. The property benefits from a spacious open plan kitchen/ reception room, a good sized double bedroom with excellent storage, a separate utility room and a WC. Lancaster Gate is a quiet street moments from Hyde Park and close to the transport links at Paddington and Lancaster Gate. EPC=E

NOTTING HILL: 0207313 6910 lets.not@marshandparsons.co.uk

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IN THEIR OWN WORDS

John D Wood & Co.

Matthew Harrop: Director at Kensington William Tellwright: Associate Director at Holland Park Rollo Miles: Manager at Ladbroke Grove

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quarter of 2014, as did flats in both Kensington and Holland Park, where we have noticed we are selling to parents investing in properties for their children and downsizers. Our Ladbroke Grove office is going from strength to strength and has this summer had great success with The Ladbroke Grove, a new development of 133 new apartments opposite Dock Kitchen and Innocent Drink’s ‘Fruit Towers’, in a fast regenerating part of W10. This has proven an appetite for well considered and spacious apartments here, with the added lifestyle benefits of communal courtyards and an on-site concierge. Period houses and flats are also selling quickly. Both buyers and sellers now need a great deal of patience as the conveyancing process is now much more drawn out than in previous years when cash was king. The introduction of the Mortgage Market Review in April, lenders insisting that numerous solicitors are involved in drafting the sales contract and lengthening chains are all contributing factors. Nonetheless our professional and dedicated sales teams are doing an excellent job in driving through sales for our clients. This September John D Wood & Co. is sponsoring two local musical events, the Quartet of Peace, a special concert hosted by David Dimbleby on 17th September at St Peter’s Church in Kensington Park Road and the Blenheim Elgin Opera, which is on 20th September. We hope you will be able to join us. Do call in to your local office for further information.

Kensington: 020 3151 6148 Holland Park: 020 3151 6175 Ladbroke Grove: 020 3151 5832 johndwood.co.uk

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KENSINGTON PHILLIMORE COURT W8 A bright, west-facing lateral apartment which has been refurbished to an incredibly high standard throughout. Open-plan reception room/kitchen n Master bedroom with dressing room and en suite n Bedroom Bathroom n Lift n Communal roof terrace n Porter Energy efficiency: Band F

GUIDE PRICE £1,599,000

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HOLLAND PARK HOLLAND PARK AVENUE W11 A spacious lower ground floor flat with a south-facing patio garden. The flat extends to approximately 1,260 sq ft and is located in a smart period building on a private road just off Holland Park Avenue. Reception room n Kitchen n 2 bedrooms n 2 bathrooms Vault n Private parking available by seperate negotiation Patio garden n Energy efficiency: Band E

GUIDE PRICE £1,300,000

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Horbury Crescent, W11

ÂŁ2,800,000 Share of Freehold

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A stunning two bedroom flat on the second and third floors (entrance on the first floor) of this attractive period building with the great benefit of being eligible for access to Ladbroke Square Gardens.

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Gloucester Walk, W8

An impressive four bedroom family house (with planning permission for a further storey), with a south-facing garden and terrace.

ÂŁ4,950,000 Freehold

2,438 sq ft (226.49 sq m) Entrance hall | Drawing room | Kitchen/ breakfast room | Dining area | Study | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom | Three further bedrooms | Second bathroom | Cloakroom | South-facing garden | Southfacing terrace | EPC rating D

Kensington 020 7938 3666 Kensington@struttandparker.com

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Kensington Park Road, W11

A substantial six bedroom period family house, situated in the heart of Notting Hill, moments from Hyde Park. Spread over four floors this well presented property also has a patio garden.

£3,500 per week* Unfurnished

2,801 sq ft (260.5 sq m) Two reception rooms | Kitchen | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom | Five further bedrooms | Three further bath/ shower rooms | Utility room | Cloakroom | Garden | EPC rating C

Notting Hill 020 7221 1111 Nottinghill@struttandparker.com

*The following Tenant charges may apply prior to tenancy commencement: Tenancy Agreement £210 (inc VAT) Credit References per application £54 (inc VAT). All advertised prices are excluded and other associated services.

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Gordon Place, Kensington, W8

This outstanding, three bedroom home is set within a picturesque location in the heart of Kensington and is impeccably furnished throughout as well as featuring a beautiful garden.

£2,650 per week* Furnished

1,768 sq ft (164.23 sq m) Drawing room | Sitting room | Open plan kitchen/dining room | Study | Master bedroom with en suite shower room | Two further bedrooms | Family bathroom | Cloakroom | Garden | EPC rating D

Kensington Lettings 020 7938 3866 Kensington.lettings@struttandparker.com

*The following Tenant charges may apply prior to tenancy commencement: Tenancy Agreement £210 (inc VAT) Credit References per application £54 (inc VAT). All advertised prices are excluded and other associated services.

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You may know us from walking your dog, local charity events or simply recognise a familiar face. Because many of our agents live where they work, they really understand what matters to buyers and sellers there. And because people know us, time and again we are able to sell and let properties more quickly and more profitably than anyone else.

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Kate has been a lettings force in Notting Hill for Bective for over 8 years and knows pretty much every square inch of W2, W11 & W10. This intimate knowledge, superb contacts and genuine expertise makes her the “go to” agent when letting your property. You will be assured comprehensive and professional advice backed with plenty of energy and enthusiasm.

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A rare opportunity to acquire a stunning Victorian Terrace house with outstanding views directly across Queen’s Park. It has been comprehensively but sensitively refurbished to retain the period charm of the house by the current owners and their award winning architect Richard Webb. Beautifully appointed accommodation sit above flexible and grand reception areas with attention to detail lavished throughout. 4 B E D R O O M S , 2 B AT H R O O M S ( 1 E N S U I T E ) , E N S U I T E S H OW E R R O O M , R E C E P T I O N R O O M , K I TC H E N , UTILITY ROOM , STOR AGE , FRONT AND REAR GARDEN .

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An exceptional double fronted Victorian villa that has recently undergone an extensive restoration and redesign, completed in 2013. Architects Powell Tuck Associates have once again created a luxurious home that offers a beautiful balance of exquisite original features, cutting edge design and entertaining space. There is plenty of family accommodation across both floors with the added benefit of its own entrance. 6 B E D R O O M S , 6 B AT H R O O M S (4 E N S U I T E ) , C LOA K R O O M , R E C E P T I O N R O O M , K I TC H E N / R E C E P T I O N R O O M , D I N I N G RO O M , UTI LIT Y RO O M , GYM , PL ANT RO O M , GARD E N .

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Top Floor Lateral HEREFORD ROAD NOTTING HILL W2

A sensational top floor lateral apartment (with lift) offering an abundance of space and light in the heart of Westbourne Grove. This beautiful property boasts a rare triple aspect, secure underground parking and an onsite caretaker. The open plan reception room is vast and the three double bedrooms are all large with en suite facilities. 3 B E D R O O M S , 3 E N S U I T E B AT H R O O M S , O P E N P L A N R E C E P T I O N R O O M / K I TC H E N , C LOA K R O O M .

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LEASEHOLD ÂŁ2,850,000 BOB CROWLEY BC@BECTIVE.CO.UK NOTTING HILL OFFICE 020 7221 4805

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A beautiful family house with off street parking and westerly garden in an excellent Notting Hill location. The property is arranged predominantly over only three floors and provides good scope for extension; including the creation of a third floor bedroom and a subterranean development for which planning permission already exists. 4 B E D R O O M S , 2 B AT H R O O M S ( 1 E N S U I T E ) , C LOA K R O O M , D R AW I N G R O O M , K I TC H E N , D I N I N G R O O M , F A M I LY R O O M , S T U D Y , G A R D E N , O F F S T R E E T P A R K I N G .

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Exacting Standards CO R N WA L L GA R D E N S S O U T H K E N S I N GTO N SW 7

FURNISHED £2 , 250 PER WEEK

An elegant statement apartment occupies the top two floors (fourth and fifth) and offers luxurious and contemporary living and entertaining spaces, complete with a stunning, private roof terrace and far reaching views across the Royal Borough. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, shower room, double reception room, dining room, library, kitchen, roof terrace, communal garden. EPC Rating D.

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Designer Maisonette L ADBROKE GROVE NOTTING HILL W11

FURNISHED £1 ,650 PER WEEK

An immaculately presented maisonette designed by Anthony Collett. The property boasts a wealth of reception space ideal for entertaining, an opulent master suite and further benefits from excellent natural light. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (1 en suite), double reception room, dining room, kitchen, cloakroom, utility room, roof terrace, off street parking space. EPC Rating E.

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Cobbled Mews ST. LUKES MEWS NOTTING HILL W11

FU R N I S H E D £1 , 275 P E R WE E K

A stunning contemporary styled mews house offering good entertaining space with open plan living and fantastic views over Notting Hill from the roof terrace. The house further benefits from generous sized bedrooms and has been newly refurbished. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), reception room, kitchen, roof terrace. EPC Rating D.

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Charmingly Restored H Y D E PA R K GAT E K E N S I N GTO N S W 7

FURNISHED £1,250 PER WEEK

A newly refurbished and contemporarily styled apartment which has been finished to a high standard, the apartment benefits from solid wood flooring through all reception areas and further offers excellent levels of storage. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), reception room, kitchen, dining room, patio, private entrance, porter. EPC Rating G.

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Property News

HOUSE HUNTING

with... JAMES KERMAN Director of North Kensington, Winkworth 020 7792 5000; winkworth.co.uk

Property I’d most like on my books and why... It would have to be David Camerons house in North Kensington. Negotiating a sale with the Prime Minister would be an interesting story to tell my children.

The most interesting property I have been involved in is... A converted brothel in Ladbroke Grove. I won’t say where exactly but it has a very chequered history as do lots of the buildings in W10.

Best place to invest... Kensal Town at the northern end of Ladbroke Grove. The northernmost outpost of Kensington and Chelsea has plenty to offer with the Grand Union, Portobello Dock and plenty of new developments planned for the next 5-10 years.

The toughest sale and why... We once exchanged on a house where the seller died before completion. This was one of the most difficult situations I’ve had to deal with during my time in this job.

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year, The Muse at Portobello Road. They are also planning a week of events The KPH on Ladbroke Grove and one off shows at the Tabernacle. Over 600 films will be shown at the festival, long hailed as one of the best celebrations of independent film-making, with over half of the new films coming from London. As ever, all events are free and Mountgrange Heritage will be producing a daily highlights guide throughout the festival to help people decide which events to attend.

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n 13th July, Camerons Stiff & Co joined forces and pounded the streets of London. The entire company took part in the British 10K London Run in aid of MacMillan Cancer Care Support and battled all the elements - sun, rain, humidity and heat and still managed to finish in respectable times! All the team have individual targets of £250, so if you would like to donate please visit the team's just giving page. To date, they have raised a brilliant £6,2000. www.thebritish10klondon.co.uk www.justgiving.com/teams/ cameronsstiffandqueenspark

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Managing Director of Rickman Properties 020 7937 9777; rickmanproperties.com

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ective Leslie Marsh are the lead sponsors of David Bruce’s photography exhibition at The Tabernacle; ‘Community: The People of Bayswater’. The series of 16 portraits celebrate the characters that live and work in the area, the local figures that make Bayswater a pleasant place to be. In an age of digital expansion David is using a film camera built in 1972 to portray the people of contemporary Bayswater. =With skilled lighting and spontaneous composition David captures decisive moments in the lives of the local heroes. The images have a surreal quality, a casual intensity reminiscent of the old masters of portraiture. The Gallery at The Tabernacle, Powis Square, W11, 15th to 21st September 2014 bective.co.uk

Stock shortage equals fierce competition PAUL HYMAN

Sales Manager at KFH,Bayswater 020 7724 1222; kfh.co.uk

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he sales market in Bayswater is still attracting large numbers of buyers, and with prices remaining strong, combined with a lack of available stock, we’ve seen many properties achieve above asking price. We’ve seen a consistent level of Chinese buyers seeking properties of varying styles, including period houses or purpose built

properties in good condition, either to let or use for their families or children. High on the list of desired properties are two bedroom flats, however they so rarely become available that competition amongst buyers is incredibly fierce. Properties with access to garden squares are ever popular, with Cleveland Square, Queens Gardens, Princes Square, Kensington Gardens Square and Leinster Square, all well positioned for one of the numerous tube stations in the area - Queensway, Bayswater and Lancaster Gate. Continued improvements in Bayswater have also helped to maintain the area’s sought after charm. Currently there are plans in place to pedestrianise a small part of Queensway shopping street running up towards Westbourne Grove. In addition, the anticipation of the Crossrail station in Paddington has also added to the growing level of demand in the area.

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Why this area? In my opinion, Kensington & Chelsea must be the most diverse, interesting, challenging and expensive area I have worked in. The location of our offices means we can be effective all over the Royal Borough. What is your company ethos? Every agent is different, what I instil in my staff is complete professionalism from start to finish. Every detail of a sale or letting of a property is crystal clear and transparent. We are pro-active NOT reactive like a lot of other agents. Being independent gives us a great advantage over customer service. Exciting properties? We have been very fortunate of late due to the sale & acquisition of several houses all over Kensington ranging from Princess Gate Mews to Grosvenor Crescent Mews and subsequently letting them out. Property market predictions? The current sales market has definitely slowed, as one client said “ the froth is off the cappuccino." It has cooled but not collapsed, as some journalists have predicted! I feel that the summer may be one that sees offers being accepted below asking prices.

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A stunning and amazingly light three bedroom house offering almost 2,300 sq ft of accommodation arranged over two floors with fantastic entertaining space, designer kitchen and bathrooms and a beautiful patio.

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Westbourne Terrace, Bayswater, W2 £650 pw Furnished or unfurnished Bayswater 020 7563 5090 Email lbw@kfh.co.uk

Gorgeous two double bedroom, two bathroom property on the fifth floor of this stunning building, which has been furnished to a very high standard. Located a short walk away from Paddington station.

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Royal Crescent, Holland Park, W11 £750 pw Furnished Holland Park 020 3542 2120 Email lhp@kfh.co.uk

This delightful one bedroom flat benefits from period features and a private balcony overlooking stunning communal gardens. Located on this prestigious road near Shepherd’s Bush train station and Holland Park underground.

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DYNE ROAD, NW6

£1,900,000 Freehold

Substantial family residence arranged over 3 floors exceptionally well presented with good size accommodation throughout and situated in a convenient location close to local amenities, transport and the cafes/restaurants the area has to offer. Early viewing is recommended. EPC = E

• 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms • 2 reception rooms • 30 ft kitchen/diner • OSP, garden & garden studio

KINGSWOOD AVENUE, NW6

£2,800,000 Freehold

Exceptionally well presented 4 bedroom terraced house with panoramic views of Queens Park offering spacious accommodation and large garden, situated within walking distance of Salusbury Road. No upper chain. Must be viewed EPC = D

• Opposite Queens Park • Spacious kitchen/breakfast room • Master bedroom with en-suite • Large 60ft rear garden

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LEIGH GARDENS, NW10

£975,000 Freehold

In need of some minor cosmetic improvement is this 3 bedroom spacious semidetached 1930’s style family house in pretty road convenient for local transport & the facilities of the popular Chamberlayne Road. EPC = D

• 27 ft double reception room • Fitted kitchen, breakfast room • Large master bedroom • Sunny 66 ft rear garden with patio

HONITON ROAD, NW6

£625,000 LH or £450 per week

An immaculately refurbished 2 bed garden flat in the heart of Queens Park with a private landscaped garden with two patios. Great position in quiet road that has been beautifully presented. Convenient location - No Chain. EPC = D

• New kitchen with SMEG appliances • Master bedroom + wardrobes • New fully tiled shower room • Open plan kitchen/reception room

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Blenheim Gardens, NW2

£799,950 Leasehold

• Arranged over two floors

• 20ft reception room

• 3 double bedrooms, 2 en-suites

• Stunning kitchen/diner

• Further family bathroom

• Beautifully designed landscaped courtyard

Simply stunning 3 bedroom Ground Floor Flat that has been beautifully refurbished throughout and offering an excellent amount of living space of some 1353 sq ft. Conveniently located close to Willesden Green Station (Jubilee Line) zone 2 and all the local amenities the area has to offer. Chain Free. EPC: E

Teignmouth Road, NW2

£2,750,000 Freehold

• Elegant kitchen/breakfast room

• Garden pod idea as office/gym/playroom

• Media Room, 2 reception rooms

• Garage, Off street parking

• Master bedroom + stunning en-suite

• 100ft landscaped garden

Situated on an envious corner plot in the heart of the Mapesbury Conservation Area is this impressive 4 bedroom interior designed period property offering 2783 sq ft of accommodation. Convenient location for transport, local amenities & cafes. Viewing essential. EPC: E

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Torbay Road, NW6

£1,195,950 Freehold

• 27ft interconnecting reception rooms

• 33ft mature rear garden

• 19ft modern kitchen onto garden

• Close to stunning Queens Park

• 4 bedrooms (one in loft)

• Viewing highly recommended

A fine example of a four bedroom mid-terrace Victorian house situated on this quiet residential road on the borders of Queens Park. Spanning 1345 sq ft the property could benefit in some refurbishment but offers the potential for a lovely family home. EPC: D

Melrose Avenue, NW2

£1,350,000 Freehold

• 4 good sized bedrooms

• Master bedroom with en-suite

• Fabulous kitchen/breakfast room

• South facing roof terrace off bedroom

• Dining Room & Media Room

• Patio garden

Spanning over 2173 sq ft of accommodation is this fine example of a detached period property that has been completely refurbished by the current owners to a very high standard and lives up to current contemporary living demands. Convenient location close to transport & Gladstone Park. Viewing recommended. EPC: E

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275 Willesden Lane, NW2 5JA | 020 8459 1133 | enquiries@cameronsstiff.co.uk

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CHAMBERS LANE, NW10

GUIDE PRICE ÂŁ975,000 FREEHOLD

In the same ownership for 30 years, is this 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom (1 shower room) period house. The westerly aspect reception room retains some of its original charm including fireplace and ceiling cornicing. Scope to convert loft space subject to planning permission.

KENSAL RISE, NW10

GUIDE PRICE ÂŁ610,000 LEASEHOLD

Contemporary 2 bedroom ground floor flat converted from a bay fronted period property. The 26ft reception/ kitchen features a luxury fitted kitchen with an architect design feel by way of fold back doors leading directly onto the private walled garden with decking.

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KENSAL GREEN, NW10

GUIDE PRICE £1,250,000 FREEHOLD

A newly refurbished 4 double bedroom (2 with ensuite) period house. The ground floor accommodation features a south facing dual aspect reception, luxury kitchen/ diner with gloss white wall and base units with branded appliances and ‘Quartz’ work tops.

BRONDESBURY BORDERS, NW10

GUIDE PRICE £1,199,950 FREEHOLD

An attractive 4 bedroom house with off street parking. The accommodation of some approx. 1,800 sq ft features a light filled modern reception/ kitchen with oak wood flooring and gives direct access to a well maintained rear garden.

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A New Look Sales. Lettings. Property Management

Our dedication to customer service and superior results remains the same. www.westways.co.uk 20 Great Western Road, London W9 3NN 020 7286 5757 | sales@westways.co.uk | rentals@westways.co.uk

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Living the dream The MOST LUXURIOUSLY appointed PROPERTIES on the market

Lansdowne Crescent, W11

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Spotlight on W11

A large Victorian house on the terraced outer side of this elegant crescent.

Average asking price £2,526,680

With its own private terrace leading directly onto communal gardens this seven bedroom house has superb entertaining space and is wonderfully bright being south facing and beautifully presented.

Average asking rents £3,792 pcm Average property value £1,781,929

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PROPERTY | LIVING THE DREAM

SAFE AS HOUSES MATTHEW HARROP

Director of John D Wood & Co., Kensington 020 7908 1100; johndwood.co.uk

The Crescent, W4 £1.8 million to £2.3 million Tucked away just south of Chiswick High Road – the geographic and cultural spine of this upmarket region of west London – The Crescent, Chiswick W4 is an exceptional gated enclave of eight 3 & 4 bedroom spacious and elegant townhouses and a stunning maisonette, designed by Assael Architects. Each residence has been designed to uncompromising standards. There are underground garages, parking, and a sophisticated alarm system with automatic gate access to the development. The exquisite, contemporary four bedroom homes all have their own landscaped gardens and terraces, providing ample outside space for relaxation and entertaining. Showhome Launch 9th August. 020 8995 2345; thecrescentchiswick.com

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atthew Harrop, Director of John D Wood & Co. has worked for the Kensington branch since 2003. He is in his 25th year of working for John D Wood & Co., and previously worked in the company’s Belgravia and Fulham offices. He looks through twenty years of property details, showcasing the outstanding price increases whilst highlighting what a sound investment bricks and mortar can be.

Duchess of Bedford House, W8

1998 price: £475,000 2014 estimate: £1,950,000

Palace Gardens Terrace, W8

1989 price: £985,000 2014 estimate: £8,500,000

Ladbroke Grove, W11 £4,500,000

Pembridge Square, W2 P.O.A.

Holland Park Avenue, W11 £1,395,000

A wonderful raised ground and garden maisonette with direct access to beautiful communal gardens. The property benefits from spectacular ceiling heights along with excellent lateral space and an unusually large private rear garden that opens directly onto the Stanley Crescent.

A magnificent duplex apartment situated in this outstanding position on Pembridge Square. The property is beautifully presented and enjoys both the raised ground and lower ground floor of this period building with the main access on the raised ground floor.

A fantastic two double bedroom first floor flat in Holland Park featuring a fabulous dual aspect reception room with a high ceiling and very large windows. The property is located very near to Holland Park underground station.

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Mountgrange Heritage, Notting Hill 020 7221 2277; mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

Douglas & Gordon, Notting Hill 020 7727 7777; douglasandgordon.com

KFH, Holland Park 020 3542 2111; kfh.co.uk

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AN EXCEPTIONAL NEW GATED DEVELOPMENT OF EIGHT ELEGANT TOWNHOUSES AND A STUNNING MAISONETTE SHOW HOUSE LAUNCH SATURDAY 9th AUGUST 10am to 4pm Tucked away just south of Chiswick High Road – the geographic and cultural spine of this upmarket region of west London – The Crescent, Chiswick W4 is an exclusive secure, gated enclave of eight spacious & elegant townhouses and a stunning maisonette.

Designed by Assael Architects, each home features secure allocated underground garages or parking.

CALL 020 8995 2345 for more information or to secure your appointment at the launch.

Each has been designed and built to uncompromising standards and each will provide an enchanting and secluded family home of class and distinction.

THECRESCENTCHISWICK.COM

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Dear Victor, Mark, Matthew & Vlad

£5,000,000

£1,150,000

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For Sale - An imposing garden flat in a period building offering exceptional living space on a leafy street in Holland Park. The property offers an abundance of storage and space for a one bedroom with a generously sized private garden.

Upper Addison Gardens, W14

£9,750,000

For Sale - A glorious 2 bedroom flat in the heart of Holland Park, ideally located on Holland Park Avenue the property boasts stunning dual aspect floor to ceiling windows in the living room and beautiful stained wood floor boards throughout.

£1,395,000

£1,025,000

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www.sandersonslondon.co.uk

For Sale - A light and wonderfully presented 2 bedroom property on one of Notting Hill’s most distinguished streets. Occupying the entire top floor of a beautiful period building complete with a south facing balcony overlooking what are arguably the best communal gardens in Notting Hill.

Arundel Gardens, W11

For Sale - A wonderful residence in a prime central London location. Situated on a highly sought after road overlooking Hyde Park, this property provides a perfect home for family looking for exceptional space and grand surroundings. The property comprising 5 reception rooms. 6/7 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, conservatory, utility room, billiard room, sauna, and features an impressive double height conservatory, a lovely walled garden and west facing roof terrace to watch the sunsets.

Hyde Park Street, W2

Holland Park Avenue, W11

Sold - A stunning 2 bedroom maisonette on one of London’s most exclusive streets. Situated in a beautiful Italian style villa on Holland Park, the property boasts an impressive living room with dual aspect floor to ceiling windows, 2 double bedrooms with walk in wardrobes and ensuites along with an award winning kitchen.

Holland Park, W11

M H, Holland Park W11

I would like to thank you for the tireless effort you have put in on my flat over these past weeks. You have all been a real pleasure to work with and your professionalism, enthusiasm and determination to obtain the successful result that has now been achieved, has been second to none. I have no hesitation in recommending you over all of the mainstream firms and the other firms in Holland Park


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£695 p/w

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To Let - A charming and immaculate two bedroom apartment situated on the first floor in this beautiful period building on Ladbroke Grove. The property comprises of two double bedrooms with ample storage, modern kitchen and bathroom and a spacious reception room with beautiful wood floors, high ceilings and big bay windows.

Ladbroke Grove, W11

£1,650 p/w

To Let - A bright, stunning two double bedroom flat situated in a Victorian building with private roof terrace. The flat has been refurbished to the highest of standards and offers generous living space with neutral décor. Holland Park Avenue is prime W11 and has easy access to the Central Line.

£650 p/w

£595 p/w

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www.sandersonslondon.co.uk

To Let - Voguish 2 bedroom flat located moments from the world famous Portobello Road. Benefitting from the period features of a raised ground floor, the high ceilings and bay window make for an exceptional living area with modern open plan kitchen. Conveniently located close to the popular bars and restaurants of W11.

Westbourne Park Road, W11

To Let - Exquisite four bedroom house designed to the highest spec in Prime Notting Hill. The property comprises of an exceptionally large master bedroom with en suite bathroom, 3 further double bedrooms, double reception room, dining room, kitchen, cloakroom, utility room, roof terrace and balcony. Includes off street parking.

Ladbroke Grove, W11

Holland Park Avenue, W11

To Let - Spectacular two bedroom garden flat set in a beautifully maintained row of period stucco buildings conveniently located close to Holland Park and the Central Line. Offering 1,252 sqft of internal accommodation, an elegant and spacious two double bedroom period conversion, with a delightful patio garden to rear.

Holland Park Avenue, W11

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We have always had a fantastic experience with Sandersons, first on the purchase of our apartment in Holland Park and then with property management. They are friendly, efficient and fast to respond to any problems we have had. I am very grateful for their professional services which has made my life so much easier and enjoyable.

Dear Sandersons team,


Internationally respected, locally renowned

Abingdon Villas, Abingdon Court, London, W8 One of the most desirable mansion blocks in Kensington with a lift and porter. This apartment has been completely refurbished to a very high specification boasting a fabulous new kitchen, double reception room with an original feature fire place and small Juliette balcony, wood floors throughout, three very good size bedrooms and two new modern bathrooms.

£1,250 Per Week • Available Now • Approx. 1,292 ft. • Energy rating E

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PROPERTY | PRIME PURCHASE

Prime Purchase VENDOR ADVICE

How long will it take to get my property onto the market?

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nce a client has instructed us to sell their property, the process of starting the marketing can happen very quickly. However, it's not as straightforward as simply putting a property on a website and waiting for the in-coming calls to start. We will formulate a considered marketing strategy, created specifically for the target market. This includes the best quality photography, a detailed floor plan, a creatively written description, an advertising schedule, the potential for PR angles and how else we might reach out to the best buyers, who may not already be on our database. Once this is ready, usually within 24-hours, we will launch the property formally. In most cases, we will have already contacted our existing network of buyers, registered with all the local, relevant offices and will have started booking viewings. With seven offices in the Royal Borough, and 3,500 active buyers, it’s more than likely that we'll already have the perfect buyer.

A three double bedroom, 1572 sq ft leasehold flat

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pread over the raised ground floor of a beautiful stucco fronted building and benefitting from access to Queens Gate Gardens. This fantastic three bedroom flat is situated on the quiet and desirable Queens Gate Gardens and has the benefit of a private entrance and access to its stunning communal gardens. The large reception room is an excellent size and benefits from high ceilings and glorious views over the gardens. The kitchen has been recently renovated with modern wall mounted units and integrated appliances. In addition the two main bedrooms are situated at the rear and benefit from a light and bright south facing aspect. Queens Gate Gardens is a sought after address, it is ideally located

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for many of the local amenities, which include an array of shops, cafes and restaurants as well as the excellent transport links from Gloucester Road and South Kensington. Queen's Gate Gardens, SW7 ÂŁ3,200,000 Leasehold Douglas & Gordon, Kensington Gate, 020 7581 1152; douglasandgordon.com

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THE QUADRANT, W10 - £475 PER WEEK

CHESTERTON ROAD, W10 - £475 PER WEEK

This immaculate two double bedroom, two bathroom penthouse This beautifully presented two bedroom apartment on the raised BEETHOVEN STREET, W10 £1,550,000 apartment offers fantastic outside space. Each room has a ground floor would make a perfect home for a professional Designedcombined by a well-known this newly house offers a superbcouple living space and the highest quality finish throughout. The house has balcony with aarchitect very large privatebuilt roofmew terrace. or sharers. floor to ceiling windows in every room giving the property an abundance of natural light, underfloor heating throughout and all fixtures and fittings are of the highest specification. Beethoven Street is located close by to a number of good transport links and the Chamberlayne Road with its popular shops, bars and restaurants. Ladbroke Grove and Portobello Road are also within a short walking distance.

OARE, WILTSHIRE £2,750,000 FREEHOLD An extraordinary and individual modern country house in a stunning location. Built originally in 1962 for the artist John Merton, Pound House

ST. HELENS W10 - £500 WEEK ST CHARLES W10£475inPER is broadly Palladian GARDENS, in style and is a wide, single storeyPER building with large windows over looking SQUARE, the gardens. It was extended 1978WEEK to include a garden room and a large studio complex including a workshop and dark room . The property currently has very high ceilings and Having been newly refurbished, this flat is in superb condition. An This beautifully refurbished two double bedroom apartment is brick parapets surrounding the roof which has good space. CAMBRIDGE GARDENS W10 £450storage PER WEEK open plan kitchen and living room is a sociable environment ideal finished to a high standard including designer furnishings. Set on This charming two bedroom apartment is set on the ever popular Cambridge Gardens. apartment is|tastefully decorated with a warm for entertaining. everThe popular Stcellar Charles Square in North Kensington. Four bedrooms | four bathrooms | garden room | hall | drawing room | studio complexthe | dining room | wine integrated garaging | throughout small lake arboretum | homely feel mixing traditional period features such as big sash windows and high ceilings with a contemporary kitchen and good bathroom. A large over six acres of land living area is semi open plan with the kitchen and French doors lead out to a great terrace. The master bedroom is a good size and a further bedroom would be perfect as a study, dressing room or guest room. Available now this property must be viewed immediately!

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Property Round Up A new look for Westways MATTHEW STYLIANOU

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The Ladbroke Grove – a landmark new development for W10

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aylor Wimpey Central London, the boutique development arm of Taylor Wimpey Plc, presents The Ladbroke Grove, a development comprising 133 studios, one, two and three bedroom apartments in the heart of Ladbroke Grove, W10. Designed by awardwinning international architecture firm Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), the apartments are arranged across two statement buildings featuring clean lines and

large expanses of glazing. Connected by a leafy landscaped courtyard, the homes have been designed to maximise daylight and prospective purchasers can choose from views over the Regent’s Canal, the city or gardens below. All apartments feature spacious open plan living areas, generous terraces or balconies. The Ladbroke Grove Prices starting from £470,000 for a studio. Strutt & Parker: 020 3053 0734 or John D Wood & Co.: 020 3031 6818 theladbrokegrove.com

f you have passed along Great Western Road since June, you will no doubt have noticed a bright new look for Westways, the leading W9 estate agent which has occupied the site on the corner of Fermoy Road since 1958. We enlisted the help of Cool Square to redesign the iconic W logo and introduce a bold new colour scheme. The website westways.co.uk and our office have all undergone facelifts with new branding and the response from our clients and the local community has been overwhelmingly positive. As an independent agent we know that we need to play to our strengths in this competitive market. At Westways we do that by setting the very highest standards for customer service, transparency and continuity that comes from our staff ’s decades of experience in selling and managing properties in this area. Our aim is to disrupt the trend of large multi branch agencies which dominate the high street without real understanding of their local market and community.

020 7286 5757; westways.co.uk

Market Comment ED WOOLGAR

VLADIMIR CANLAS MATTHEW MANN

Directors of Sandersons 020 7602 6725; sandersonslondon.co.uk

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service and natural growth. From our humble beginnings in a small serviced office and just a couple of staff, we are set to move to a 2500 square foot office which will host two partners and 12 staff. As well as our current team, we will also have a host of other in-house complementary services to help you out when buying and selling property. These services include: an interior designer; an accountant; a specialist building company and architect; as well as advisors for mortgages and financial products. Pop into our new offices and let us show you why Sandersons has arrived on the high street!

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he market in the past month has seen a sharp rise in activity in lettings as the national press continues to report a cooling of the sales market across London and the UK. Landlords are now enjoying healthy rental rises and more activity as more applicants look to rent than buy in the current climate where lending is becoming increasingly difficult. Notting Hill still remains one of the prime rental spots in London, offering large period houses on garden squares along with smaller two and three bed apartments for professional sharers.

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BROOK GREEN 138 SHEPHERDS BUSH ROAD W6 7PB ASKEW ROAD 113 ASKEW ROAD W12 9AS

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BRACKENBURY VILLAGE W6 4 DOUBLE BEDROOMS  DOUBLE RECEPTION  KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM  PLAYROOM 2 BATHROOMS  SOUTH FACING GARDEN  LOFT/STUDIO ROOM  SCOPE TO EXTEND  EPC RATING E 52

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PROPERTY | ASK THE EXPERT

Ask the Letting Experts

Our panel of PROFESSIONALS give you the edge in the property market

1.What are the best buy to let bargains in west London?

3.How can I achieve the best possible rent?

he best locations for Buy to Let would be around Earls Court/Hammersmith/ Shepherds Bush region for central West as it will have the biggest capital growth over the next 10 years due to the extensive regeneration of the area and the ease of transport links. Further West, the upcoming areas would be Ealing, Acton and Hounslow, all are undergoing a development revival, changing the look and feel of the area as a whole. With an ever increasing demand for affordable housing and good transport links you will see a healthy year on year growth in both income and capital.

n the current challenging rental market, which involves an excess of stock and a dearth of applicants, it can be difficult to attract those sought-after corporate or professional tenants. When achieved prices have dropped or have remained static it is easy to justify holding off on improvements and maintenance with a view to upgrading a property once market conditions have improved. This is a self defeating cycle, however, since tenants’ expectations, particularly in Prime Central London, remain high even though they may be paying lower rents than those previously achieved. Therefore, it is absolutely vital to ensure that the general condition of a property is kept high, particularly after long term tenancies (3+ years), by outlaying on paintwork and carpets at a minimum and to consider upgrading the areas which are most important to tenants if necessary, those areas being the kitchen and the bathroom(s). With a glut of stock on the market, tenants are able to pick and choose, with the result that the properties most successfully letting, and at the best prices, are those offered in newly or very recently refurbished order.

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ith Camerons Stiff ’s Managed Service, the hassle and worry of securing monthly payments becomes the agents’ responsibility. Your tenants pay us directly and with a statement every month we ensure your rental income is being paid in a timely fashion.

CONTACT

1. SALAR MAJNOUNI

Managing Director, Prime Realty 020 7148 1109; prime-realty.co

2. KATE FLYNN

Associate Director, Bective Leslie Marsh 020 7221 5388; bective.co.uk

4. JONATHAN MCCORMACK

5. PHILIP JOHAL

Lettings Manager, KFH, Bayswater 020 7563 5090; kfh.co.uk

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3. LAURELIN TAYLOR

Head Of Lettings, Carter Jonas, Holland Park 020 7371 3377; carterjonas.co.uk

Lettings Manager, Camerons Stiff & Co. 020 8450 9377; cameronstiff.co.uk

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PROPERTY | LUXURIOUS LETTINGS

Luxurious lettings LOWDOWN FOR LANDLORDS

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t Strutt & Parker we carry out property visits on all of our managed properties contractually once every six months, whereby we produce a full report for the Landlord detailing the condition of the property. We also endeavour to visit the property the day before the tenants move in, within the first few weeks following their move in, at three months, six months and then again before the tenancy check out. For a year-long tenancy this usually works out as four visits per year as a minimum.

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Head of Notting Hill Lettings at Strutt & Parker

020 7221 1111; struttandparker.com

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s a landlord it is important to ensure that you have maximum protection for yourself and your property. Your building insurance, possibly the most important cover you will have, should include third party cover and you must check that this is not invalidated by renting out your property. This means at as well as insuring the fabric of your property, if a slate falls off the roof and hits someone you are covered as well.

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Kensington Park Road, W11 ÂŁ1,500 Per Week - Plus ÂŁ210 tenancy agreement fee. Other fees apply.

KFH, Holland Park 020 3542 2120; kfh.co.uk

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TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR FREE AND IMPARTIAL APPRAISAL & ADVISORY SERVICE. WE STRIVE TO PROVIDE A TRANSPARENT AND UNPARALLELED SERVICE TO ALL OUR CLIENTS, PROVIDING YOU WITH THE BEST REPRESENTATION FOR ALL YOUR PROPERTY NEEDS.

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Chestertons Notting Hill is celebrating!

Chestertons’ Notting Hill office is celebrating its first birthday by reducing its fees to 1% for sales and 5% for lettings.* Call us now: 020 3040 8440

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Aldridge Road Villas

Notting Hill W11

£725,000 share of freehold A well presented 2 bedroom period conversion situated on the 1st floor, with high ceilings & large windows, this property is full of light with a spacious airy feel. Aldridge Road Villas is ideally located close to the shops, restaurants & local amenities of Westbourne Grove & Portobello Road. EPC rating C

Notting Hill

020 3040 8585 sales.nottinghill@chestertons.com

Pembridge Villas

Notting Hill W11 £3,650 per week

A beautiful maisonette with direct access on to a large private garden. The residence offers a spacious double reception room with access & views of the private garden, a spacious eat in kitchen & 4 double bedrooms. EPC rating E

Notting Hill

020 3040 8588 lettings.nottinghill@chestertons.com

Additional lettings charges apply. Administration: £222 (VAT included). References per tenant: £42 (VAT included)

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Earls Court Road, W8 £550 per week Fees Apply

A charming flat that has been recently refurbished with a large private garden and a short walk to High Street Kensington. EPC=C. Reception room, open-plan kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and garden.

020 7221 2277 abigail@mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

Alexa Court, W8 £1250 per week Fees Apply

A charming apartment on the ground floor of this popular building, a short walk from High Street Kensington. The property has high ceilings and a huge reception room, opening out onto the private and south-facing garden. EPC=D. Reception room, kitchen, two bedrooms, two bathrooms and garden.

020 7221 2277 camilla@mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

Brunswick Gardens, W8 £650 per week Fees Apply

A completely stunning, light and bright flat in prime location just off Notting Hill Gate and a short walk to High Street Kensington. EPC=D. Reception room, semi open-plan kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, balcony. Sole Agents

020 7221 2277 petra@mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

Chepstow Road, W2 £700 per week Fees Apply

St Lukes Mews, W11 £745 per week Fees Apply

020 7221 2277 henrietta@mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

020 7221 2277 adam@mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

This perfectly formed flat with excellent storage is located right in the middle of the buzzy Notting Hill. EPC=C. Reception room, open-plan kitchen, two bedrooms, two bedrooms and roof terrace. Sole Agents

Beautiful mews property over two floors with a wonderful loft-style reception room with two pairs of French windows onto a lovely south-facing roof terrace. EPC=C. Reception room, open-plan kitchen, two bedrooms, bathroom and roof terrace. Sole Agents

mountgrangeheritage.co.uk Bayswater 020 7402 0070

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Kensington 020 7937 9976

North Kensington 020 8960 0181

Notting Hill 020 7221 2277

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Lexham Mews, W8 £4,750,000 Freehold

Having undergone a full refurbishment, this striking mews house offers a perfect combination of entertaining space and sleeping accommodation. Attention to detail has gone into every aspect including an integrated smart home audio and lighting system, underfloor heating, air-conditioning, an internal lift and a large garage. EPC=C. Two reception rooms, open-plan kitchen, four bedrooms, four bathrooms, cloakroom, two terraces, garage and lift. Sole Agents

020 7937 9976 chloe@mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

Blithfield Street, W8 £1,850,000 Freehold

Stratford Road, W8 £2,475,000 Freehold

020 7937 9976 tom@mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

020 7937 9976 georgina@mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

This delightful double-fronted house is located on one of the prettiest streets in Stratford Village. Arranged over four floors, the house provides evenly proportioned living and entertaining space. EPC=F. Two reception rooms, kitchen, three bedrooms and bathroom. Sole Agents

Located in the heart of Stratford Village with its shops, deli’s and restaurants, this charming maisonette is arranged over three floors. There is an abundance of natural light with pretty views from every room in the property. EPC=D. Reception room, kitchen, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and terrace.

mountgrangeheritage.co.uk Bayswater 020 7402 0070

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Kensington 020 7937 9976

North Kensington 020 8960 0181

Notting Hill 020 7221 2277

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Palace Court, W2 £6,500,000 Share of Freehold

First time on the open market in over fifty years an extraordinary late 19th Century lateral mansion flat offering 3,250 square feet of accommodation on one floor. Located on the fourth floor (with lift) of a handsome red brick mansion building the apartment enjoys unusually high ceilings and excellent natural light. EPC=F. Entrance hall, three reception rooms, five bedrooms, three bathrooms, cloakroom and wine store.

020 7221 2277 james@mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

Holland Park Road, W14 £1,250,000 Leasehold

Ladbroke Grove, W11 £4,500,000 Share of Freehold

020 7221 2277 matthew@mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

020 7221 2277 sam@mountgrangeheritage.co.uk

An impressive period property set in a beautiful red-brick building close to Kensington High Street and a stones’throw from the green spaces of Holland Park. EPC=E. Reception room, open-plan kitchen, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, utility room, terrace and roof terrace.

A wonderful raised ground and garden maisonette with direct access to beautiful communal gardens and an unusually large private rear garden. EPC=E. Reception room, dining room, kitchen, five bedrooms, two bathrooms, cloakroom, garden and communal gardens. Sole Agents

mountgrangeheritage.co.uk Bayswater 020 7402 0070

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Kensington 020 7937 9976

North Kensington 020 8960 0181

Notting Hill 020 7221 2277

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Queen's Gate Queen's GateGardens GardensSW7 SW7 POA POA Leasehold Leasehold Kensington Gate Sales

Sales Kensington 020 7581 1152Gate | kengatesales@dng.co.uk 020 7581 1152 | kengatesales@dng.co.uk

Onslow Square SW7 POA Leasehold Onslow Square SW7

POA South Kensington Sales 020 7581 8888 | sthkensales@dng.co.uk Leasehold

bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, ThisThis fantastic apartment, spread over over 3 double 3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, fantastic apartment, spread Reception room, Dining area, Kitchen, 1,572 sq.ft, is situated on the quiet and Reception room, Dining area, Kitchen, 1,572 sq.ft, is situated on the quiet and Cloakroom, Storage, EPC: D. desirable Queens Gate Gardens. The flat Cloakroom, Storage, EPC: D. desirable Queens Gate Gardens. The flat benefits from a grand drawing room benefits from a grand drawing room overlooking the communal gardens to overlooking communal which the ownersthe enjoy access. gardens to

which the owners enjoy access.

Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, A well-presented lateral apartment on the 2 further bedrooms, Shower room, third floor of this popular South Reception room, Dining room, Kitchen, Kensington Mansion block. The flat offers Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, A well-presented lateral apartment on the Porter, Basement storage, EPC: D. spacious accommodation throughout 2 further bedrooms, Shower room, third floor of this popular South whilst benefiting from access to communal Reception room, Dining room, Kitchen, Kensington Mansion block. The flat offers gardens and the tennis courts.

Porter, Basement storage, EPC: D. spacious accommodation throughout North Chelsea Fulham Bush Kensington from Kensington Gate South Kensington Notting Hill Pimlico & Westminster benefiting access to communal Kensington Sales Hammersmith & Shepherd’swhilst South gardens and the tennis courts. 020 7581 8888 | sthkensales@dng.co.uk North

Chelsea

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Fulham

Hammersmith & Shepherd’s Bush

Kensington

Kensington Gate

South Kensington

Notting Hill

Pimlico & Westminster

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Kildare Gardens KildareKildare Gardens Gardens W2 W2 W2 £1,500,000 £1,500,000 £1,500,000 Share of Freehold Share of Share Freehold of Freehold

2 double bedrooms, Bathroom, Reception A wonderful garden apartment setthis in set thisin2this double 2bedrooms, double bedrooms, Bathroom, Bathroom, Reception Reception A wonderful A wonderful garden apartment garden apartment set in room, Kitchen, Garden, EPC: C. fantastic location with a private entrance. room, Kitchen, room, Garden, Kitchen, EPC: Garden, C. EPC: C. fantastic fantastic location with location a private with aentrance. private entrance. The property is of an excellent size with a The property The property is of an excellent is of an excellent size with size a with a well-proportioned reception room and a well-proportioned well-proportioned receptionreception room androom a and a separate conservatory style kitchen Notting Hill Sales separate separate conservatory conservatory style kitchen style kitchen Sales Hill Sales Notting Hill Notting overlooking the garden. 020 7727 7777 | nhsales@dng.co.uk overlooking the garden. the garden. 020 7727020 7777 7727 | nhsales@dng.co.uk 7777 | nhsales@dng.co.uk overlooking

Kensington Mall W8 £725,000 ShareMall of Freehold Kensington Kensington W8 Mall W8

£725,000 £725,000 Kensington Sales 020 7792 | kensales@dng.co.uk Share of Share Freehold of1881 Freehold

2 bedrooms, Shower room, Reception/ A well-proportioned garden apartment in dining room, Kitchen, Communal garden, this period building moments from EPC: C. Kensington Church Street. The apartment 2 bedrooms, 2 bedrooms, Shower room, Shower Reception/ room, Reception/ A well-proportioned A well-proportioned garden apartment garden apartment in in offers a bright reception room, newly fitted dining room, dining Kitchen, room, Communal Kitchen, Communal garden, garden, this period this building period moments building moments from from kitchen and two bedrooms with views over EPC: C. EPC: C. Kensington Kensington Church Street. Church The Street. apartment The apartment the communal garden.

offers a bright offers reception a bright reception room, newly room, fitted newly fitted South Clapham East bedrooms Putney & Earlsfield Putney and kitchen two and two Southfields bedrooms with views with over viewsWest over SalesBalham SalesBattersea Battersea Parkkitchen Kensington Kensington the communal garden. garden. 020 7792020 18817792 | kensales@dng.co.uk 1881 | kensales@dng.co.uk the communal South

Balham South

Balham Battersea Battersea Battersea Park Battersea Clapham Park

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Stanhope Stanhope Stanhope TerraceTerrace Terrace W2 W2 W2 £1,250 per week Fees apply £1,250 per £1,250 week perFees week apply Fees apply Furnished Furnished Furnished

2 double bedrooms, bathrooms An impressive period conversion, floor 2 double bedrooms, 2 double bedrooms, 2 2bathrooms 2 bathrooms An impressive An impressive period conversion, period conversion, firstfirst floor first floor (1 en-suite), Large reception room, flat with wonderful high ceilings, plenty of (1 en-suite), (1 en-suite), Large reception Large reception room, room, flat with wonderful flat with wonderful high ceilings, highplenty ceilings, of plenty of Open-plan kitchen, Balcony, EPC: G. natural light and space throughout. The Open-plan Open-plan kitchen, Balcony, kitchen,EPC: Balcony, G. EPC: G. natural light natural and space light and throughout. space throughout. The The property benefits from French doors in the property benefits propertyfrom benefits French from doors French in the doors in the master bedroom and reception room that Notting Hill Lettings master bedroom master bedroom and reception and reception room that room that Lettings Lettings Notting Hill Notting lead on to a balcony and terrace. 020 7727Hill 8000 | nhlets@dng.co.uk lead on to lead a balcony on to a and balcony terrace. and terrace. 020 7727 020 8000 7727 | nhlets@dng.co.uk 8000 | nhlets@dng.co.uk

Earls Court Road W8 £550 per week Fees apply Furnished Earls Court Earls Road CourtW8 Road W8

A stunning, newly renovated one bedroom Master bedroom, Bathroom, Reception apartment with a feature fireplace, wooden room, Kitchen, Garden, EPC: C. floors and a huge sunny garden. The Master bedroom, Master bedroom, Bathroom,Bathroom, ReceptionReception A stunning, A stunning, newly renovated newly renovated one bedroom one bedroom property has a great sense of light and room, Kitchen, room, Garden, Kitchen, EPC: Garden, C. EPC: C. apartment apartment with a feature with fireplace, a feature wooden fireplace, wooden £550 per £550 week perGate Fees week apply Fees apply space throughout. Lettings Kensington floors and floors a huge and sunny a huge garden. sunny The garden. The 020 7589 5252 | kengatelets@dng.co.uk Furnished Furnished

property has property a great has sense a great of light sense and of light and South Clapham East Putney Southfields & Earlsfield West Putney throughout. space throughout. Gate Balham Lettings GateBattersea Lettings Battersea Parkspace Kensington Kensington North Chelsea Fulham Hammersmith & Shepherd’s Bush Kensington Kensington Gate South Kensington 020 7589020 52527589 | kengatelets@dng.co.uk 5252 | kengatelets@dng.co.uk South North

Balham South Chelsea North

Battersea Balham Chelsea Fulham

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Notting Hill

Pimlico & Westminster

Battersea Battersea Park Battersea Clapham Park Clapham East PutneyEastSouthfields Putney Southfields & Earlsfield & Earlsfield West PutneyWest Putney Hammersmith Fulham Hammersmith & Shepherd’s & Shepherd’s Bush Kensington Bush Kensington Kensington Kensington Gate South Gate Kensington South Kensington Notting Hill Notting Pimlico Hill & Westminster Pimlico & Westminster

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